The first fledgling Mourning Dove of the year just landed on our back fence. (A fledgling bird is one that just left the nest and is beginning to fly.)
It’s a rough out there for bird families. Cats, possums, and racoons prowl the neighborhood. Blue Jays search for eggs to eat. Cowbirds try to trick other birds into raising baby cowbirds. And this year there’s a Cooper’s Hawk nest only four blocks away. So, we wish all our bird parents, and their young, the best of luck! And then we mostly stand back and watch what happens.