| Mourning Dove Nest in La Mesa,
Photos by Jennifer Voss
| I was busy watering our
patio garden one morning when I discovered that someone had made a home in my favorite hanging plant. Mourning doves often nest in evergreen trees but in an urban area, they will settle for a flower box, a potted plant or even a ledge. Their name comes from their song, which is a moaning, low-toned cooah, coo, coo, coo. When they fly, their wings
make a whistling sound. The doves make a monogamous pair bond and share all the duties of parenting. The male stays on the nest during the daylight hours.
|In the late afternoon, the female returns to take over until the next morning.|
|Mourning doves incubate one or two plain white eggs which hatch
in just fourteen to fifteen days.