Mourning Doves

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Last year, a family of doves used a planter hanging off of our back patio for a nest. I was able to chronicle much of the babies growth before they flew the nest.

This weekend, the mother set up housekeeping in the same place again - I can't wait to watch the miracle of nature again...

1) Waiting for the eggs to hatch...

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2)The first portrait of mommy and baby...

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4) The view from our bedroom window - mommy feeding her babies..

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5) One of the babies is a little bigger and more curious than the other..

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6) this one almost looks like he is ready to leave the nest already...

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7) The smaller one, to the right, is more of a cuddler - he likes to snuggle with his mom more then the larger one..

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8) Daddy's turn to feed the babies...

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9) He's starting to spread his wings... this was the last picture I took - when I got back, they were gone...

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10) This weekend, the mother set up housekeeping in the same place again - I can't wait to watch the miracle of nature again.

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Thanks everyone. We felt so fortunate to be able to witness this, and we're on the verge of witnessing this again. The mom has been back in the same spot for the last couple of weeks with another pair of eggs.

I snapped this on Saturday of her protecting her eggs from the elements - a perfect allegory for what moms everywhere do for their kids

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