Tucson, Arizona - I've been watching a pair of White-winged Doves nesting in a mesquite tree outside my studio. This is their third attempt to produce babies this season. The first time they added to a nest formerly built by Mourning Doves. I found the eggs smashed on the ground one morning. They returned and built a nest in a different branch of the tree in early May. The eggs they laid disappeared. When we returned from vacation on June 27, the doves were again sitting on the nest. Yesterday, the male came by several times in the morning and tried to preen the female. She paid no attention.This morning, I noticed the male arriving with more nesting materials. Later, I saw the female shift and spread her wings over something. Eventually a little one emerged.I'm photographing these doves from under the porch roof, so my photos may be a bit fuzzy - they're cropped pretty tightly - and they will all be from the same angle, since I don't want to walk out into the yard. I did that once a couple of weeks ago and the dove flew off her nest. I don't want her to be concerned about me, so I'll stay away from that area for a while.
UPDATE: July 16 - Feeding the nestling:
White-winged Dove Baby - Updates (July 22)
White-winged Dove Fledgling - With mom and dad, alone, and ... gone! (July 26)