Monday, March 14, 2011

Bird Brain

I have three hanging baskets of plants that decorate the front of my house. This weekend, I realized some stupid mourning dove has decided to use the basket outside my office door as a nest. She flew when I walked past the basket, so I stuck my phone up and took a picture to see if she'd laid her eggs yet. She had.

Last year, some stupid dove (it could even have been the same one) laid her eggs in the hanging basket right outside the front door. I couldn't water the basket because I worried it might hurt the eggs (and would scare her away), so the plants in the basket slowly died. Then the basket dried out so badly it started blowing in the wind, so we tied a line to a weight underneath to hold it steady. Then the plants withered to the point that the afternoon sun was nasty hot, so Steve rigged up a shade for her.

Both eggs hatched and, under our watchful eye, very quickly grew huge. The mama sat on that nest forever, but once the babies hatched (or at least, once we became aware of the fact that they'd hatched) they flew in about a week.

So here we go again. And I don't even particularly like mourning doves.


Beth said...

It might not hurt the eggs if you were to water the plants ... they do have hard shells, after all.

If they are going to come back each year, it could be useful to know if you could keep the plants going too.

cs harris said...

Beth, my main concern is that she flies out every time I try to water them and I worry that she might abandon them. We had a dove a few years ago that did give up and left her egg.

Steve Malley said...

Awwwww.... :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I like eating doves. They make good food! We have a bunch of these in our back yard. We do feed 'em but stop short of 'shading' them!

cs harris said...

Steve, hope things are looking up for you.

Charles, when hit Le Google to make sure they actually were morning doves, the first article that came up was about hunting them. I remembered your attitude toward squirrels and thought, I know EXACTLY what Charles is going to say!

Diane said...

I love the doves. We always feel honored when one appears in our yard. And I would never, never be able to eat one.

I hope this dilemma can be solved for the good of all. They might be stupid, but they have the most wonderful song of all.


cs harris said...

Diane, personally I prefer the sparrows, blue jays, and cardinals, but I also have lots and lots of doves. A recent wind blew down some boards on our back fence, and when I went to get some replacements from the stack behind the garage, I found another dove nesting on the top of the stack! Steve runs through a garbage can full of bird seed a week, feeding them, so house is constantly surrounded in birdsong. I love it.

Coach Factory said...

polo ralph lauren outlet, gucci handbags, polo ralph lauren, prada handbags, kate spade handbags, christian louboutin shoes, prada outlet, coach purses, oakley sunglasses, ray ban outlet, michael kors outlet store, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton handbags, oakley vault, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet online, red bottom shoes, true religion, coach outlet, christian louboutin outlet, coach outlet store online, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet online, chanel handbags, tiffany and co jewelry, kate spade outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike air max, burberry outlet online, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, nike shoes, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet online, nike free, tory burch outlet, coach outlet, burberry outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet

Coach Factory said...

hollister, longchamp, mulberry, longchamp pas cher, nike free, scarpe hogan, guess pas cher, hollister, oakley pas cher, burberry pas cher, timberland, air max pas cher, hermes pas cher, air jordan, nike air max, michael kors uk, abercrombie and fitch, sac vanessa bruno, nike roshe run, nike free pas cher, north face, sac michael kors, nike trainers, chaussure louboutin, true religion outlet, ray ban uk, louis vuitton, converse pas cher, louis vuitton uk, ralph lauren, nike air max, new balance pas cher, michael kors canada, lacoste pas cher, sac louis vuitton, true religion outlet, air max, nike blazer pas cher, nike air force, louis vuitton pas cher, tn pas cher, longchamp, nike huarache, barbour, ralph lauren pas cher, lululemon, ray ban pas cher, vans pas cher, north face pas cher, nike roshe

Coach Factory said...

ugg soldes, canada goose outlet, mcm handbags, moncler outlet, valentino shoes, ugg boots, marc jacobs outlet, soccer jerseys, nfl jerseys, herve leger, ugg outlet, chi flat iron, moncler, mont blanc pens, birkin bag, canada goose pas cher, canada goose outlet, north face outlet, moncler, insanity workout, bottega veneta, ferragamo shoes, vans outlet, mac cosmetics, north face jackets, soccer shoes, lululemon outlet, ghd, babyliss pro, beats headphones, jimmy choo shoes, canada goose uk, uggs outlet, canada goose outlet, hollister, moncler, p90x workout, giuseppe zanotti, canada goose, uggs on sale, abercrombie and fitch, wedding dresses, celine handbags, ugg, new balance outlet, asics shoes, roshe run, rolex watches, reebok outlet, instyler ionic styler

huanglin said...

michael kors
kate spade outlet
gucci outlet
jordan 11 concord
kobe shoes
louis vuitton
burberry outlet online
polo ralph lauren home
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors handbags
burberry outlet
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors
adidas shoes
true religion
timberland boots
chanel bags outlet
pandara jewelry
soccer jerseys
cheap jerseys
air max uk
oakley sunglasses
red christian louboutin
michael kors
prada shoes
oakley vault
true religion outlet
timberland earthkeepers
ray ban sunglasses
jordan 13
louis vuitton
chanel uk
louis vuitton handbags
replica watches
louis vuitton outlet

chenlina said...

hermes bags
michael kors
oakley outlet
michael kors outlet
oakley store
ralph lauren outlet
fake oakleys
ray ban uk
jordan retro 11
michael kors outlet online sale
hollister kids
cheap nfl jerseys
louis vuitton outlet
jordan concords
ray ban sunglasses
burberry sale
gucci outlet online
louis vuitton
timberland boots
chanel handbags
chanel outlet online
kate spade handbags
sac longchamp
retro 11
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet online
cheap jerseys wholesale
michael kors outlet online
chanel outlet
chanel uk
coach factory outlet
fitflops sale
hollister clothing store
oakley sunglasses
longchamp soldes
celine outlet

Jian Zhuo said...

lebron james shoes 2016
coach outlet
kate spade handbags
coach factory outlet
ralph lauren
jimmy choo
polo ralph lauren outlet online
nike roshe
michael kors outlet clearance

raybanoutlet001 said...

nike huarache
michael kors handbags
coach outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
ralph lauren uk
michael kors uk
oakley sunglasses
fitflops sale clearance
adidas superstar
cheap snapbacks

时间 said...

0728jejeVous verrez dans air jordan 4 retro homme cette mise en place de nombreux souffrants du genre distributeur asics france de malaise obtenir un grand new balance femme en soldes soulagement de votre sport de la marche. Les chaussures de sport nike free 5.0 + shield nouveaux porte-bébés Kelty sont là! Et basket nike roshe run noir femme leur popularité augmente rapidement. Si l'attrition est asics gel noosa tri 9 herren test inévitable, vous devez changer souvent vos asics basket course baskets et leur permettre de se reposer asics gel femme pas cher après le port et de revenir à chaussures adidas ultra boost pe15 un état de santé avant la prochaine nike air jordan 1 retro pas cher utilisation.