Mourning Dove

May 2002

The female dove had two chicks there, two years in a row. I'm quite certain that it was the same individual that returned the following year. As much as I resented the cooing and feathers and poop, it was fun to watch the chicks grow up and eventually shove off. The female would stop coming around much as they matured and then they would stretch their wings and walk around for maybe a day before taking to flight, not to return to the balcony again.

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