Love these photos, Naomi. Many doves here in my garden have been making a nest for about 7 years at the same place! I will try to take a picture some day.
Your view is just amazing! Really beautiful. The cactus is so impressive and is a "safe harbor" to the doves.
Wow! You really have a talent in photography. That is a really cute bird.
I have a pair of them in my tree behind the house, too. Great pictures!
What great pictures Naomi!! I didn't think about birds building in cacti like that. I love mourning doves, they are so sweet.
What a great post and series of photos! Reminds me of two very nice things: One is a children's book called The Saguaro that has gorgwous illustrations of the life cycle of a saguaro and all the creatures that make their home there (you would like it, I'm sure) and the other is a post that SRP did about a year ago on mourning doves nesting by her place. Ask her for a date because she also had a series of photos.
This is delightful and now I ask you: What cracked up State would make mourning doves a game bird with a regular hunting season? Oh, that would be, ah, Michigan. I'm so embarrassed to live here...
I wish I would have taken a picture, but your post today reminds me of a scene I saw about a month ago.
We still had snow, but there was one patch of green about the size of a city block. There was a carpet of robins in that patch. And nowhere else.
Of course, it's 70 some and sunny today. In MN that's high summer!
Oy, what I wouldn't give for your photography skills, Naomi!
Happy Pesach--wish you could come to our seder!
These are great photos, Naomi. I love the soft green color of the cactus and there is a definite color difference in the birds.
What beautiful pictures! I love morning doves, we have several here in our backyard!
Glad you are feeling better!!
Oh, those pictures are BEAUTIFUL! We are currently besieged by red-headed woodpeckers; at night, it's like being surrounded by snare drums.
The mourning doves here in Virginia Beach build nests in a variety of bushes, brush, pine trees, even our fig tree last year. Who would have known they like cacti too? And I saw the first female cardinal this week.
That is really cool. Thanks!
You really are good in taking pictues. It was nice that this morning dove allowed you to take her photo. She's lovely.
What an awesome progression of photographs.
We have those same doves here in the spring and summer. I often startle them when I am driving down my driveway :)
That is SO cool....... [looks impressed].
This is a lovely post with beautiful pictures! I like thinking of the birds there in the city; nesting so safely for so many years.
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HA! That's too funny...I posted a picture of a bird in a nest on Wednesday, and I thought it was a bluejay...looking at your pics, I'm certain now it's a mourning dove!
Hi, Michele sent me :-)
Wow what awesome photos. Michele sent me!
Hi Michele sent me. We used to have birds that coo-ed every morning. A neighbor said they were morning doves. THey havenn't been around for a while and I miss them
I'm here, I'd never skip you deliberately, you know that :-)
beautiful. such lovely dusky feathers.
thanks for stopping by. you should photograph me pins! your pictures are always lovely*
There are two doves that come back every year and nest on my balcony. At first I didn't like it, but my 5 yr. old and 9 yr. old just love it. So, I don't fight it anymore. Isn't the weather glorious today?? We're off to the beach this afternoon to watch the sunset and I'm going to be photographing my boys there, too. Have a great day...before the 'supposed' rain gets here tomorrow. lol
I enjoyed this post so much. The pics really tell the story. The doves are smart to nest there. That HUGE plant is ominous to would be attackers and the eggs look well sheltered.
Such a different view from what I have here in NC. Both lovely just so very different! Thanks for sharing it Hills.
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Michele sent me back, Naomi. I just posted some photos of the tulips. Come and see.
Back again to admire the mourning doves. Here from Michele this time.
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Hello Naomi. I am a big bird lover so you just made my night with your beautiful pics. Have yourself a very Happy Easter!
Oh, and Michele sent me, but I would have come anyways.
It's truly amazing - isn't it? We, too have morning doves. For 2 years they have made a nest in our herb window box. I have seen the changing of the guard as well as the little ones hatching. My favorite is watching mama feeding her babes. Enjoy it!!
What great photos!!!
She's a cute little bird!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!!
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i think our doves would be too chicken to sit in a cactus plant at all!!! Seriously, the pigeons and doves and top knots are such woosies over here... that could be from all the guns waving around *im speaking about my dads farm at the moment* so honestly im sure they'd give it a go!!!
Thanks for the change of guard too.. was an achievable event! *salutes!*
Michele sent me today!
Have a great day too!!!!
PS HAPPY EASTER!
OOL! Those are some great pictures. My parents have a couple of birds that come back every year. It really is amazing, isn't it??
Michele sent me, but I feel like I'm here all the time anyway
what beautiful photos, and lovely easter wishes.
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oh wow!! these are really neat pictures
I love the way birds will come back to the same place year after year. We had a trio of ducks that have been coming each Spring for the past eight years. A green mallard, a white male, and a brown mallar. This year the trio has been absent, and I am so very sad just thinking what may have become of them.
Your pictures of the Morning Doves are really nice, Naomi. Yet again I marvel at the size and scope of your landscaping. Having cactus that big is just amazing--and dedicated birds that return to them year after year is amazing also.
I just bought a new camera and I hope to be taking lots of bird pictures too--but I don't have a setting that can compare to yours.
Those are adorable photos of the morning doves!. I love to paint and photograph birds.
How lucky of you to have found a nest! How luck of US to see the progression. Sweet signs of spring! MMMMMM! :)
(I'll be back to read. I'm over a month behind in my blog rounds.)
So glad you're feeling better! Last I read, you were down with a nasty virus.
That's such a beautiful bird. You're right about nature. It seems there's so much we humans should learn from animals. How to live in harmony, to share & take care of each other, and to live & let live.
I love seeing pictures or watching nature shows; animals just get it so right.
I can't wait to read your 101 things!
Very cool to have your own bird mascot =0)
btw, there are pics of my bratty dog buddy now on my page, I added a flicker box.
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