05 Jun 2005, 17:27

New neighbors

Mourning dove nest

Originally uploaded by willgorman.

When we got back from the wedding and honeymoon, we found that mourning doves had built a nest in the hanging plant on our balcony. At the time, the mother was sitting on the eggs and we didn’t have the heart to kick her out. Obviously this meant the end of our hanging plant as we could no longer water it. There are now 2 baby mourning doves and we’re just waiting for them to be able to leave the nest so we can finally get rid of the ugly dead hanging plant and get a new one. They’ve gotten big pretty quickly, so hopefully it isn’t too much longer. Our cat Cleo watches them with interest through the window from time to time but she’s such a housecat that I doubt she even has any idea what to do with them.


Comment by Seth on 2005-06-14 08:22:08 +0000

Silly doves! Amanda & I had a mom & two eggs that just hatched about a week ago. Maybe it’s been two.

Same exact setup – nest built in the hanging basket, basket dying and drying up. We were away this weekend, and when I returned the whole family, nest and all, had moved out. They didn’t leave a note or anything so I am worried that they may have been evicted by our condo association.

But the geranium seems to have lived, albeit in poor health, and I’ve begun watering it again yesterday. Hopefully it’ll make a full recovery.

Comment by Will on 2005-06-15 07:58:08 +0000

Our birds finally left the nest a couple of days ago leaving behind nothing more than a fair amount of poop on our balcony rail, as is the custom of their people. Sadly, our plant was not as lucky as yours.