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

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