Mourning doves and Mother’s Day

We got us a baby! Possibly two. I can’t really tell yet. However, seeing as how we are now bird parents, (sort of), I thought it might be a good idea to learn about mourning doves and boy, are they interesting.

mourning dove

Can you see the momma? The baby is hidden because I didn’t want to get too close.

First of all they are lifelong mates and they equally share the parenting duties. I thought it was odd when I saw another bird fly in every morning and take over, so I researched it.

dove

                                                     Such attentive parents!

Sure enough the father typically comes in during the day and the mother takes the night shift and they both feed the hatchling for the first few days because they both make milk! So interesting. I just love them.

And because I must show you something that I grew with my very own two hands, check out my gladiolus which finally bloomed.

gladiolus
I am quite proud to say that I planted those from bulbs two years ago and moved them at least 4 times but finally, pink flowers!

Oh and I downloaded some of my pictures from the weekend on the boat. I wanted to give you a brief glimpse into our adventures on the boat and the new local eatery called Nokomos and maybe you’ll see why we love Englewood, Nokomis and Venice so much.

Hank the Dachshund

                                                     “Don’t fly off the boat Hank!”

bridge

lighthouse

Englewood

                                      We have the best sunsets ever!

Nokomos

This is Nokomos.  They don’t have a full menu yet but do have CornHole and a full bar so really, that’s all that matters….

Hope you enjoyed those pics.  I sure had a good time while I was taking them 😉

And to all you Mom’s out there, I hope you have a happy and relaxing Mother’s Day!

What are your plans for this weekend?

4 thoughts on “Mourning doves and Mother’s Day

  1. Hey stranger! Wonderful picks. I absolutely LOVE mourning doves. Forgive me for the stories to follow.
    -We had two dove couples and then one of the pairs became one. I talk to him every night when I get home and have been known to get teary eyed when I see him by himself. He was recently really working a fellow dove and I thought he had her, but she flew away. I have heard that they rarely pair up with another:(
    -Same dove. One night I see him under a car in the street and he isn’t flying. I think he is hurt. Go over and pick him up (just sits in my hand). Of course I take him inside to help “heal” him. Give him some food. My cat beats the heck out of the dog whenever he approaches. (The cat grew up with birds and loves them.) Anyways the next day, I bring him outside and he can fly. He wasn’t hurt. He still comes up to me. I am such a dork.

    Have a great weekend. Me? Playing in the yard. Last weekend was the Suckerfest Parade and that did me in:)

    • I love that story! I am so jealous. I used to never like birds but lately with all the cranes, storks and ravens, I’m sort of mesmerized. I even have a few that eat out of m hand. Today a raven and a turtle fought over a piece of bread i was trying to feed them but nothing beats your dove story! I love it.
      MacGyver had to work this weekend so I’m playing in my yard too! Have a great weekend. 🙂

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