This past weekend, a pair of Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) seemed to be checking out the large mesquite tree in the old play yard. Apparently they liked the location, because yesterday they started to build a nest. I can see the branch on which they're building when I'm sitting in front of my computer. However, the nest area is difficult to photograph, since it's well sheltered by mesquite branches that are finally bursting into feathery green leaf.
Mourning Doves build their nests from dried grasses, twigs and pine needles. The male forages for suitable nest material.
Mourning Doves breed in a variety of open habitats, including agricultural areas, open woods, deserts, forest edges, cities and suburbs. They eat seeds and feed mostly from bare ground.
With this miracle unfolding in front of me as I analyse data records and the Hornby Island eagle cam to check out when I want a break, what more could a working woman ask for?
Nesting Mourning Doves - Update - doves sitting on the nest. 17 April 2006
Sad Realism: Mourning Dove Nest Update - the empty nest; a solitary egg disappears. 23 April 2006