We have babies on the way! Well, this dove does, to be more precise. She is nesting in a juniper on the side of our house, in a space along the edge of our property between the house and the fence which separates our lot from the next-door neighbor's. The small Bears discovered the nest last week and within a day or so, there was an egg in the nest. The dove began sitting on the nest shortly after that.
We're excited to be able to watch a life-cycle activity in progress, right here in our own yard. Unfortunately, she is nesting just a couple of feet from our trash and recycling bins; we store them there in between weekly pick-ups, behind a locked gate since this passageway leads directly into our backyard from the street side of the house. We've had to change some habits to accommodate our nesting friend, but we don't really mind. We'd rather see her do what she needs to do, and it's interesting for us as long as she can keep doing it!
I try not to bother her, and I'll only take one child at a time back there to check on her. We creep along the narrow alley-like space as quietly as we can (it's much quieter when I do this alone). The juniper has an open area at the front and we can look right inside to where she nests. The nest itself is beautiful, a work of art and function. She's a pretty bird, with her bright eye-markings and smooth, pewter-colored body. I'm amazed at how still she sits, just inches from me. She seems very afraid. I don't stay long; she has an important job to do and I can certainly relate.
Thanks for listening to our podcast! We're having fun with it. We listen to many podcasts and we started thinking we'd like to try it too. We've recorded several already. I'll let you know when new ones are available.
I just wanted to say thanks, too, for the kind comments, lately and always. I have some things going on right now, and for the next couple of weeks, with our son's medical situation, so please forgive me if I don't manage to keep up with your blogs for a bit. Thanks for being peaches.