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Tuesday/Weekly Photo Challenge – Baby Birds in the Summer

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge the prompt for this week is: Future

Weekly Photo Challenge is: Smile

I hope to see some baby birds successively hatched in the near future – summer 2018. Watching and feeding these birds put a smile on my face.

I have been feeding many kinds of birds. The Mourning Doves came back to my garden for the third year. The first year, the female dove laid eggs, but the eggs were stolen. 1) Last year, the female doves laid two eggs and both the male and female took turns to incubate the eggs. The eggs were successfully hatched to two healthy baby doves. I’m hoping the mourning doves will have chicks again this year.

I also have many House Finch in my garden. They had the same misfortune two years ago and lost their four eggs. 2) Last year, the female Finch laid three eggs and hatched four eggs. One must be twins. 3) The birds watched their chicks from the nearby tree. There are many pairs of House Finch in my garden. One pair checked out the old nest. I hope they would use the same nest to lay eggs again.

I feed them bird seeds every day to get them to be healthy and ready to be parents.

Mourning dove

Nultiple birds

House Finch 2

I bought a new Hummingbird Feeder. The Red Throat Hummingbirds seem to like the feeder. There are not too many blooms around yet. So, the Hummingbirds come every twenty minutes for feeding. They seem to be a pair, I don’t know where they would build a nest.

Red Throat Hummingbird

Red Throat Hummingbird 2

I just identified the White Crowned Sparrows in my garden. They may have been coming for years, but I didn’t pay attention to their features and I just googled and identify them as White Crowned Sparrow.

White Crowned Sparrow 2

White Crowned Sparrow

I may not see the Hummingbird babies, but I do hope to see the Mourning Dove’s chicks and the House Finch’s chicks. That is my hope for the near future – summer. In the meantime, I’ll feed them well.

Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Baby Birds in the Summer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Baby Doves Are Independent

The baby doves were hatched eleven days ago. Mama and Papa Doves were feeding them and watching them nearby. The very first thing I do in the morning before having my coffee was to take a few photos of the baby doves to observe their growth.

This morning, as usual, I went to take photos. The nest was empty. I was a little bit worried. I was afraid that the babies had flown away without the parent doves’ knowing. Then, at the corner of my eye, I saw one baby dove under the geranium in my flower bed in the front yard. They must have flown down and gone to the shaded area. I walked around the semicircle flower bed to look for another baby. When I came back to the original position, I saw both babies sitting side by side.

baby 1

baby 2

baby 3

baby 4

I put a plate of bird seeds close to the flower bed to feed the parent doves. Watching Mama and Papa ate from the late, the babies knew that the seeds were for them too. They were flying around in the close proximity to the feeding area. When they were away, other birds came for feeding also, so the baby dove had to wait for his turn.

baby 5

It was such a happy moment to see both baby doves were well and healthy!

Baby Doves Were Growing

Mama Dove was still incubating on July 3, 2017. The first photos of the Baby Doves were taken on July 4. They must be hatched in the middle of the night. By the time I took the photos on the 4th in the afternoon, the first Baby’s feathers were dried. The second Baby’s feathers were still wet.

baby dove 2

First day of Baby Doves

On July 5th early in the morning, I saw Mama Dove was sitting with the second Baby lying sideways under Mama’s bosom. I wonder if Mama was staying with her all night to keep her warm. Mama didn’t stay with them all day. She had to go look for food or eat the bird seeds I put by their nest.

Dove 2017.07.05 a

Second Day

On July 6th in a late morning, Mama Dove was with the Babies again. This time, the first Baby was lying sideways underneath her. After the day turned warmer, she took off to find food.

Dove 2017.07.05 b

Third Day

On July 7th, both Babies looked good. The second Baby looked healthy, even though one spot under the chin still didn’t have feathers.  Mama was sitting side by side with Babies, no longer needed to keep them under her warm bosom.

Dove 2017.07.05 d

Two Baby Turtle Doves, Fourth Day

Dove 2017.07.05 c

Mama was sitting side by side with Big Baby, Fourth Day

Baby Doves were growing!

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