Friday, April 18, 2008
I was here first
How would you like to have a couple of these youngsters cramming their beak down your throat? After all, it is feeding time.
Mourning doves feed their young with "crop milk" from a sac in their esophagus -- they regurgitate it into the chicks mouth. It isan energy full mixture produced in the crops of both male and female parents. After a few days, mom and dad begin mix in more seeds to the regurgitated food. Soon the young'uns are fed only regurgitated seeds. The squabs start the feeding process by getting up under the mom or dad's neck and pushing their beak to try to get the mom/dad to open theirs. It seems that each gets at least a couple feedings for a meal.
Sorry about all the bird photos, but it is so exciting to have a new family in the neighborhoodl