Fledgling Mourning Dove Walking Around

August 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I spotted a Fledgling Mourning Dove walking around my vehicle yesterday here in my yard. I check around my vehicle before I drive anywhere because over the years I have found several fledgling birds under it. I also have to check around my riding lawn mower for the same reason.

Mourning Doves almost always lay two eggs, so I looked around for a second one, but never found it. This one that I did find was walking around which is unusual. Most of the time when I find one here in my yard it will be well hidden by remaining still. It may have been going to a better spot so that it could be fed by the male Dove. They stay nearby the nest to be fed by the male for up to two weeks after fledging.

I kept my distance from this young dove after getting a few photos. I was able to watch it from inside my house and it finally settled near a large pine tree. I was hoping to see it being fed. At one time I saw it fly up into the pine tree, but it couldn't grab the limb it was going for and landed back on the ground. The landing was terrible and I thought it had injured itself. A few second later it moved out of my view so I guess it was okay.

Mourning Dove Fledgling - 080617-1306Mourning Dove Fledgling Arkansas

Mourning Dove Facts

  • The clutch size is almost always two eggs. Occasionally, however, a female will lay her eggs in the nest of another pair, leading to three or four eggs in the nest.
  • Both sexes incubate, the male from morning to afternoon, and the female the rest of the day and at night.
  • Mourning doves are devoted parents; nests are very rarely left unattended by the adults.
  • When flushed from the nest, an incubating parent may perform a nest-distraction display, or a broken-wing display, fluttering on the ground as if injured, then flying away when the predator approaches it.
  • The hatched young, called squabs, are strongly altricial, being helpless at hatching and covered with down.
  • Both parents feed the squabs pigeon's milk (dove's milk) for the first 3–4 days of life. Thereafter, the crop milk is gradually augmented by seeds.
  • Fledging takes place in about 11–15 days, before the squabs are fully grown but after they are capable of digesting adult food.
  • Source: Wikipedia

Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March April May June July August September October (1) November December
January (6) February (2) March (13) April (13) May (5) June July (12) August September October November December