Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mourning Doves at Menno House

Last summer mourning doves nested on a windowsill of Menno House.  Manager Rachel Smith recorded the development of the squabs (that's what you call mourning dove chicks) from hatchlings to fledglings

Video by Rachel Smith

Did you know . . .
  • Mourning doves mate for life
  • Mourning doves often reuse their own nests or the nests of other birds, even squirrels
  • Both parents feed their young with "crop milk" produced by glands in their crops
  • The young squabs fledge (fly from the nest) after only 14 days, but parents continue to care them for another 2 weeks
  • Mourning doves can fly at speeds of 55 mph
If you'd like to entice mourning doves to nest on your property, this site offers an inexpensive and nice looking nest box.   I bought one for Menno House and am hoping the doves will use it this year.

In case you're wondering how I came to know about the Menno House doves, well, I'm on the Board of Directors of Menno House which is owned and operated by Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship

Additional reading:
Mourning Doves and Their Young
The Mourning Doves Coo Begins Season Of Nesting and Feeding
Mourning Dove (Wikipedia, with great pictures and links) 

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