Our little bird brings hope

The mourning dove

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!

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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.

Waiting with anticipation for our nest to be full.

From Illinois, may a mourning dove enter your life and  平安 (ping ahn), peace, embrace your day.

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .
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