There was no further building after noon on April 11. When I went out to take a look, the proud male was sitting on a branch above the nest.
I tried to take a photo of the unoccupied nest without frightening him. The nest is about 20 feet above the ground in the crook of two rather thin leafy branches, so it's difficult to get a good photo of it.
As far as I know, the nest was unoccupied that night.
There was no bird on the nest the next morning. However, when I looked out in the afternoon, a dove was sitting on the nest.
I use binoculars to watch the nest from my studio. I haven't seen the nest unoccupied. I'm assuming that there are eggs being incubated, but I haven't been able to see them, despite the open structure of the nest.
- The Mourning Dove almost invariably lays two eggs. Clutches of three or four are the result of more than one female laying in the nest. A dove may have up to five or six clutches in a single year.
- A Mourning Dove pair rarely leaves its eggs unattended. The male usually incubates from midmorning until late afternoon, and the female sits the rest of the day and night.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds
I haven't yet witnessed the changing of the guard. These photos were taken late yesterday afternoon, so, based on the Cornell authority, I assume this is the female.
The ADW web site says that incubation usually lasts 14 to 15 days. Assuming that the female laid her eggs shortly after the nest was built, there should be babies before the end of April!