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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Baby Turtle Doves, Fourth Day
Mama was sitting side by side with Big Baby, Fourth Day
Baby Doves were growing!