We know spring is here when our mourning doves are flitting about with tufts of dry grass, weeds and stalks in their beaks. According to the mourning dove info I’ve found, peak nesting time is in late spring or early summer. But for our mourning doves, looks like they’re getting a head start on things.
Upon getting the mail today, we noticed something quite unusual and surprising in the front door wreath at our house: A mourning dove nest!
According to the experts, the eggs (when they finally appear, usually as a pair) are incubated for 14-15 days. Both parents will take turns keeping them warm. When the young finally do hatch, the adults will brood them continually for 4 to 5 days. If true, we have a lot to look forward to and for an extended period of time, so it seems.
Let’s celebrate new life in the midst of the turmoil and upheaval surrounding us. Leave it to the bird of peace to bring us hope this Eastertide. Thank you, mother bird! My mom and I anxiously await the arrival of your little ones whose presence is greatly and enthusiastically welcomed.
From Illinois, may a mourning dove enter your life and 平安 (ping ahn), peace, embrace your day.