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Name: Kristin
Status: other
Age: 20s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 4/26/2004


Question:
A mourning dove layed two eggs in one of my hanging baskets on my front porch. Everyday for at least a month I saw mama dove sitting in her little nest. I was very careful not to disturb her or cause her any stress while she was there. For the last two days, I hadn't seen her there so I decided to look into the nest. Inside the hanging basket, I saw an egg coated with mites. When my eyes came into focus, I noticed a very well developed baby dove (feathers and all) that was also covered in mites and very much dead. I was so sad to see this. I proceeded then to clean out the hanging basket. I've noticed the mom and dad dove are still hanging around the area and it sounds as if they are crying. Should I have done something different? I feel terrible for the "mourning" mourning doves!


Replies:
No, there is nothing more you could have or should have done. While such instances are unfortunate they are common. Doves (and other creatures) adapt to loss of nests/young by trying again, as this pair probably will. The "mourning" sound is not at all mourning in the human sense of the word, is in fact a courtship and mating call, which indicates they are probably on their way to renesting.

J. Elliott


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