Why You Should Never Get Attached to Wildlife

Oh, that Mother Nature is a heartbreaker.

Nearly two weeks ago, we noticed a pair of mourning doves perching regularly on the narrow brick ledges outside our upstairs windows.  Their distinctive “calls” are lovely to listen to, and the birds themselves are a peaceful kind of pretty, so we enjoyed the chance to look at them up-close.

not our doves...but I wanted to show you what they look like

not our doves...but I wanted to show you what they look like

One day we realized that the male bird was bringing twigs up to one specific ledge where the female waited, and we watched as they painstakingly wove together a little nest.  It was so fascinating!  My husband was worried that maybe we should chase them off or somehow discourage them from adopting our house and their home, but I think we were all too enchanted at being able to see this natural wonder so intimately.

Nest done, the pair perched together, overnight on Friday we realized that there was now a little egg in the nest!  But…that night we also happened to have some severe storms come through, packing 40mph wind gusts in our area.  I could hardly sleep Friday night, just praying that the birds, nest, and egg would make it through.

Saturday came, and the nest and egg were still there, but no parents.  Kind of odd.  They finally returned, and I thought we might be on the road to victory.  But just a few hours later, I went upstairs to take a peek and…no nest.  My heart sunk.

I went outside to the front of our house, and there were the nest and egg, on the ground, destroyed.

The pair returned a short time later, and if a bird can look confused, then I swear to you, this pair looked as confused as any human could look.  My heart broke as they kept swooping up to the brick ledge, then swooping back down to the destroyed nest.  I don’t think I’ll ever look at birds the same.

Our pair of mourning doves has taken to hiding under the bushes in front of our house, and our 12yo daughter (after doing a TON of research online) is convinced that they’ll try to build a nest under there, instead, and then mate to have another couple of eggs.  You can’t believe how hard I’m rooting for them!

  • Oh, that is just heartbreaking. You’ll have to let us know what happens.

  • Erica

    Such a sweet story!

  • rdefnet

    Oh, my melting heart! *Come on birdies, you can do it!*

  • Oh, that’s so sad.

  • Lissa

    Poor birds. I hope they get their new nest and eggs going where you can see them!

  • Christina

    We have a dove family that made their home in a high up planter box in our courtyard at work. One of the little babies fell out of their nest. Too young to fly back up, the Mommy would come down and feed him. We all got to watch how loving and determined their little family was. A few days later Mommy was cooing away from their nest and Steve Dovie (yes, we named him) took flight. We happened to be checking him out through the glass at that exact moment. They live with us know full time. We have lost a few little eggs for one reason or another but they are persistent, don’t worry. I’m sure they will be a happy little family in no time. Keep us updated 🙂

  • MMW

    Stace, thanks for stopping by Never Without. How we miss you here! When are you returning? I’ve changed some settings so NOW I see when people leave comments for me. I also read back a while that you did a Christmas party too. Yippee. That’s the spirit. Spread Love. Hope you’re staying busy and well,
    xoxo MMW

  • Oh, how very sad.
    I hope your daughter is right….I’m totally rooting for them too 🙂

  • That is so sad about their nest! That reminds me of in March Of The Penguins, when the penguins would accidentally break their egg, and how they’d just look so shocked and upset! People don’t really think of animals (or birds) having emotions, but I really think they do!

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