Monday, April 6, 2009

Bob's been busy

Guess what Bob the Mourning Dove has been up to?!









Bob's wife Mary is sitting on a nest in our roof gutters as we speak. They have been nesting here the past 3 years. I already have 20 mourning doves in my yard - what's another 2?

38 comments:

Mildred said...

Bob, Bob, Bob!!!
Oh well, what's two more - the pictures are really great Shelley.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Why Bob you sly dog you......at least while he's busy makin babies, he's not poopin in the birdbath!
Can't wait to see a pic of little Bob!
Beth

Betsy from Tennessee said...

We have Mourning Doves also, Shelley, but I don't know where they nest. I think they are in the empty lot next door. They have been coming to our feeders this week for the first time. Until this week, they would only come into the backyard --on the ground. They are such gorgeous birds, aren't they???

Hugs,
Betsy

Mary C said...

Aww! Is Bob going to pass out striped sunflower seeds for his new arrivals? Congrats to Bob and Mary. You're right, Shelley. What's another two?

Nick S said...

I love hearing about Bob. I hope his wife has healthy kids :-)

Lanny said...

How special to have all those mourning doves, I love their call.

KathyB. said...

I love doves! I own at least 25 doves, they do love LOVE! And rearing young. I have a few wild doves that hang out around my dove cotes...just cooing at the white ringnecks inside to cotes, and also taking advantage of the seed spilling out of them...I think it wondrous that both the male and female dove make milk for their babies and tend them equally.

Chris said...

Hi Shelley,
Excellent!! A nice post with nice pictures and beautiful colors. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Kallen305 said...

LOL Shelley, the MD's just love you that's all. So cute!

Kathiesbirds said...

Oh, how true! LOL! Careful, you could end up with hundreds!

Abe Lincoln said...

Will they get flooded out when it rains or pours. Usually mourning doves are not clever nest builders and many fall off the branches onto the ground. But still their numbers seem to increase ten fold each year.

HANNIBAL said...

When I first read your title, my first thought was "poopin", but I was wrong. Makin babies is WAY better!

hillgrandmom said...

These pictures look quite Christmassy :-)

Bird Girl said...

How handsome Bob is in that last picture - no wonder his wife loves him ;-) You are good mourning dove host!

Stacey Huston said...

And he looks very pleased with himself..;-)

Knatolee said...

Spring has sprung
The grass is riz
The doves are doing
that baby-makin' biz!

Q said...

Dear Shelly,
I also seem to have lots of Doves....Cooper's Hawk will come through a couple times a week and get dinner.
I am looking forward to seeing your little ones!
Sherry

Montanagirl said...

Cute! Nice photos too.

Mary said...

He looks very proud of himself! What a sly look in those eyes.

Deborah Godin said...

See what all that billing and cooing led to! So, Bob, let us know which side of the family the little ones take after, you or the missus. Haha, just kidding, Bob!

Ginnymo said...

Great photos!! I have so many Mourning Doves but have never seen babies. Can't wait to see yours!!!

Ms. ~K said...

Congrats to Bob and the Mrs.!
I love our doves and their mournful cooing...Can't wait to see pictures of the youngsters!

Snowing today in North Georgia-did you send it south?
Kit

Sharon said...

Bob and Mary know a good thing when they see it. Do you charge rent....? Sharon

The Retired One said...

I love the doves...we have some here too. We have never seen them nesting or their little babies, either. So, if you get the chance to photograph the little ones, I would LOVE to see them. I know you can do it, if anyone can!
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Deborah Godin said...

Shelley, pop back over to TCM when you can, I just received and posted a link to a live eagle cam in B.C., and the bird is on the nest (as of right now anyway) It's really cool!

The Early Birder said...

As they say Shelly "That's life".

Leedra said...

Are you sure it is going to just be 2?

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fishing guy said...

Shelly: Those doves must be fluffed up against our crazy weather. Bob is looking real healthy from you food.

Kelly said...

...way to go, Bob!

Eve said...

Very sweet Shelley!

Tina said...

Well,"they" say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree..two more like Bob??..you will need another bird bath for sure.. :)
Great portrait of Bob!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Baby Mourning Doves,that should be exciting.
Blessings,Ruth

Natural Moments said...

Congratulations to Bob and Mary. Shelley, you are such the wonderful Hostess for all of the life you nurture within nature.

T and S said...

You got Bob in a beautiful pose. The details are crisp. Cool shot.

ramblingwoods.com said...

You the man Bob!!!!

Jayne said...

Atta boy Bob! ;c)

Sandy said...

I love your latest and that yellow bird up there...wow!!

Daisy said...

Bob and Mary sitting in the tree.
K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
First comes love, then comes marriage.
Then comes Bob pushing a baby carriage. :)

Or would that be a birdie carriage? Hmm....

Congrats to the happy parents-to-be! HA!