mourning-doves

Birds can’t be stopped!
—  Me mentally when seeing some mourning doves in a fenced off garden

A wild mourning dove returned to my garage. Last year we saw two hatchlings learn to fly!! (Don’t worry– there’s a sizable window in the side of the garage for safe entry and exit– they’ve used it plenty of times before safely!)

The mourning dove variant of the common rabbird is a mild-mannered creature which primarily eats seeds and grass. Found mostly at the edges of woods and fields, it can be found in small flocks and mated pairs. It lays two to three small blue-green eggs, and makes a soft cooing noise that is lovely for about the first five minutes and then you want to hit it with a brick. - Ursula Vernon

A couple of mourning doves have been hanging out on my 3rd floor balcony over the last two weeks. It’s baby-making season, so I assume they are doing their mourning dove version of house hunting.

I had a big balcony garden at our old apartment complex. We had a birdfeeder and I was used to seeing birds hanging around, but just like now, a couple of mourning doves started popping by more often.

One day, as I went to water my habanero plant in a hanging basket, I realized I was literally face-to-face with a mourning dove. Those mofos had built a nest and set up shop in my hanging basket. I screamed, but not wanting to scare the dove off, it was a silent scream. Like, my mouth was open, there was air coming out and there was a look of terror on my face, but no sound. The dove looked back at me like, “Um, can I help you?”

The doves hatched two little babies. It was so presh. (See above pic!) The parents didn’t seem to mind us tending to the plants on the balcony. Watching them teach the little babies how to fly was the cutest thing. They flapped around awkwardly on our balcony for the first few days, then ventured down to our courtyard, then back to the nest. Eventually they flew off for good.

We bought our townhouse the following spring and have not had the gift of hosting a mourning dove nest yet. I put out a hanging basket for this new pair of doves. I saw them scoping it out just now. I feel like a gd mourning dove realtor: “Yes, this hanging basket is located on a quiet little balcony, perfect for rearing baby doves. Great school district, too. It’s located on the third floor, so you get stunning views of the neighborhood…”

I hope they pick us. 💕🐣🐥💕

MOURNING DOVES ARE THE CUTEST BIRDS I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS 

LOOK AT THEM

THESE BIRDS ARE MORE AFFECTIONATE THAN ANY HUMAN COUPLE I’VE SEEN 

THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH

THEY’RE LIKE TEENAGE LOVERS RUNNING AWAY AND KISSING ON A ROOFTOP

AND THEY LOVE THEIR BABIES.

WOW