Wednesday, July 26, 2006

White-winged Dove Fledgling - With mom and dad, alone, and ... gone!

Tucson, Arizona.
Sunday, early morning, July 23 - Peeking out from under a parent's breast feathers:Sunday, early afternoon, July 23:
Monday morning, July 24 - On its own!! (Mom was nearby, higher in the tree.)and looking more and more like mom and dad each day:July 25 - Morning. Gone! Look at the sparse nest - amazing that these diligent and patient parents could balance themselves and an egg on it, let alone raise their chick to fledge there.

For earlier photos of this nestling and its parents, please go to:
July 17 and July 22 - White-winged Dove Baby - Updates
July 13 - Proudly Presenting ... White-winged Dove Baby


Ontario Wanderer said...

I have never understood how doves manage to raise a family in loose sticks that look like they might fall any second. I wonder if they glue them together somehow. ? ? ?

robin andrea said...

Great photos, Pam. That baby has the cutest face. I am amazed by how quickly they change. They go from egg to flight in just a few days. It's really incredible to watch. Beautiful.

LauraHinNJ said...

Love that first pic!

Your posts about white-winged doves always make me chuckle. That is a VERY rare bird here in NJ and last year one was being seen at Sandy Hook during the World Series of Birding. A friend and I were standing around and noticed a few mourning doves and this one that looked different. We wondered aloud if the odd one was THE bird all the experienced birders had been looking for. We pointed it out to someone else, and before long other birders came running from every direction to see this very plain little dove.

Anyway, thanks for the nice pics and the memory!

Pam in Tucson said...

ow - I haven't seen any evidence of construction cements. It just seems to be a matter of balance. I noticed that every few days the male would bring in a little more nesting material - perhaps to replace material that had fallen?

ra - It has been incredible, and so rewarding after watching the heartbreak of two prior failed nests.

laurahinnj - That's a great story. Difficult to believe the White-winged Dove is a rarity there. It's the big bully in the group here, with the Mourning Doves smaller and the Inca Doves smaller yet. And although I'm fond of them, I wish that at least half the ones that show up on our patio would find somewhere else to feed. We don't have the even larger pigeons, although my mom's retirement complex which is only about three miles away, is inundated with them.