Neighborhood Nature

Our Family's Nature Blog

Our First Fledgling Mourning Dove of 2009! April 29, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Seasons,Spring — saltthesandbox @ 8:45 am
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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.)

Here's one way you can tell it's a fledgling Mourning Dove and not an adult: The outer tips of the body feathers are fringed with contrasting colors, giving it a scaled look.

Here's one way you can tell it's a fledgling Mourning Dove and not an adult: The outer tips of the feathers are fringed with contrasting colors, giving it a scaled look.

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.

 

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