2 weeks ago, i was hanging out in the hot tub (before the heat wave hit!), looked up and noticed a nest in the coral tree. cool. upon closer inspection, i noticed that there was a bird in it! double cool! a lovely dove, holding perfectly still and waiting, no doubt, for me to leave.
every time i glanced up there, mama bird was perfectly still….. never left the nest that i could see and never had any visitors. no idea how long she had been there. obviously i need to learn a few things about how this all works!
we did find out that dove eggs take about 15 days to hatch and that there will only be 1 or 2. day after day…. i felt kinda sorry for her being stuck there, but she was the dutiful mom, just doing what nature intended. she puts up with me pointing my camera at her and hopefully realizes that i mean her no harm...
|pretty sure this is daddy bird, hovering close by|
sure enough, a couple of days ago, we spotted some new little wings in there…. it’s hard to see the details of what’s going on – don’t want to get too close and the nest is above our heads. (thank goodness for my telephoto lens!)
finally, saturday, i could fully see 2 new little birdies!! (on stu’s birthday no less!!) um, excited is probably an understatement. to say i’ve become a little obsessed may be an understatement too…. i just don’t think, in all my many years of life, that i’ve had the opportunity to witness this. and i’m stunned and amazed and truly grateful.
i know one day soon i will look up there and they will be gone…. but maybe they will still hang around a little? anyway, i’m sure gonna miss them!