Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mourning Dove Fledgling

Some of you will remember this 'butt shot' of a Mourning Dove on the nest that I posted about a month ago.


A couple of weeks ago I had taken my camera outside to take photos of my cherry tree and as I walked toward the gazebo I took the above photo of the little fledgling walking around in the violet dotted grass.

As I got a little closer I could see it hadn't been long since the baby had left the nest. I didn't see Mom or Dad anywhere near.

I took one more closeup photo before retreating so as not to put any stress on the little guy. Don't you just love those feathers!

I stepped up into the gazebo to check the nest and as you can see a little sibling remained alone high up in the rafters. Hubs was getting ready to mow the lawn but left a large bit of yard around the gazebo unmowed so as not to disturb the youngsters. The next morning I returned to the gazebo to find the one in the nest had disappeared but I didn't see either of them. Walking around to the backside I found the two siblings huddled together underneath a bush. As I had to leave town the next day I didn't see them anymore but hope they survived and are living somewhere nearby.


29 comments:

Mike B. said...

Great post! Let's hope they were OK.

Gary said...

Great close ups, Carletta. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

MaineBirder said...

Adorable close ups! Hopefully, they will all get together while you are gone.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Aren't they just so sweet? I hope they make it in this big ole cruel world.... Great pictures, Carletta.
Hugs,
Betsy

Andrew said...

Lovely images of the juveniles...fingers crossed they are ok..
A lovely post.

mick said...

Nice photos. I especially like the one in the grass with all the violets.

Frank said...

Nice series of the youngster, especially the close up.

kaye said...

ahhh, sweet.

fjÀllripan said...

Beautifu pictures of that lovely bird :)

Ryan Ankeny said...

Very cute. We have a pair nesting in our Magnolia tree. It's kinda sad when they leave but we know they'll be back around next year.

Pat said...

Its feathers look so soft! I hope the little guys are okay! Great close up shots!

eileeninmd said...

What a cutie, I do not think I have ever seen a fledgling Dove before.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely close up Carletta.
Hope they make it. :)

Springman said...

Now that is great feather detail Carletta! Good for you taking the extra steps to be so considerate of these little ones!

Marissa ♥ said...

Ahh...so sweet! Great photos! I love the close-up shots!

George said...

You got wonderful pictures of the fledgling. I hope both of them are well and near your house so they can come back for a visit.

Bill S. said...

Oh, the great stories of birds and the stories they inspire in us. Great post.

JunieRose2005 said...

Sweet little birds! :) I love these pictures!!

Pat said...

These are great shots of the MoDo fledgling!

Crafty Green Poet said...

great photos, I hope the two chicks survive and thrive!

Sondra said...

I really enjoyed these I dont think ever seen a junevile mourning dove!!

Stephany said...

These are great shots, Carletta! I hope you enjoyed your trip. :)

joo said...

beautiful set, Carletta!

Mimi said...

Aw, poor little things, I hope they survived!
Your shots are lovely, Carletta.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely pictures! The detail on the feathers in that one is wonderful.

Those babies have to grow up fast don't they?

Neal said...

Poor dove...no privacy at all. :) Nice set of pictures Carletta.

Pat Ulrich said...

The fledgling is really cute, they are such lovely birds.

Rose said...

He is just so adorable!

dogsmom said...

They do tend to stay close to home. I have a young one here who is not afraid of the dogs but is very camera shy. Do you suppose it is me he fears?