Date: September 30th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Birds, City Streets, Garden, Seasonal, Series, Summer, Texas, Unusual Interest, USA.

Dove and chick nesting in the wreath beside the back door, Lewisville, TX


Dove nesting in the wreath by our back doorDove nesting in the wreath by our back door. The first batch of eggs laid during May did not survive. The first batch of eggs laid during May did not survive, including this chick. Sept 5th: the chick is left alone for long periods of time.

This is the second time around for doves nesting in the wreath by our back door. I’m sure it’s the same pair who devotedly cared for two eggs, taking turns in shifts as they are now. The first brood hatched in May, but only one egg, which mysteriously disappeared after two days, and the other egg didn’t hatch. There was no trace of that chick anywhere…no body, bones, feathers…nothing, and it was not old enough to fend for itself. Did other birds carry them away to eat I wonder? or ate them on the spot? or could the parents have eaten them? We do have Anoles, but I would expect that they would be too small to manage a comparatively large egg. A complete mystery.

Maybe there was something wrong with it, or the parents were first-timers. The lizards and salamanders around here are too small to eat a meal that size, and other birds would not have been brave enough to come so near to the door I don’t think.  Nature takes care of itself though, so no tears! Hopefully these ones will survive and we can watch them mature.

The doves laid eggs during May which did not survive, but of the second batch in September one chick survived. Sept 11: the chick is almost as big as its parent. The nest is hardly enough for one bird let alone two. Sept. 4th: Chick 4 days old and growing noticably larger every day. Sept 12th: chick resting on the fence for about an hour after it\'s first flight from the nest. Sept. 13th: Dove parent and chick the day after chick\'s first flight.

Sept. 3rd:One of the chicks hatched! Sept. 4th update: The chick appears to be so much larger today, and it’s the first time I’ve seen it so exposed. It seems so vulnerable on that small flimsy nest.  Sept. 5th: The chick has been left on its own a lot in the past 24 hours, also becoming quite vocal.  The other egg is unlikely to hatch. Sept.9th: The nest is overcrowded. When the parent sitting on the chick is up in the air above the nest, it’s time for little chicky to leave!

It’s so funny when the parent sits on top of the chick trying to hide it – there is hardly enough room for two in the nest, and she/he is not fooling anybody! The chick ruffled its feathers and snapped its tiny beak at me when I took these photos – how sweet is that?! – the survival instincts are strong. Sept. 12th: Fortunately I walked out just in time to see the chick fly from the ground to the fence nearby. There it remained for about 90 minutes then it was gone. I wondered where it would be sleeping that night, and if it was truly on its’ own now without parents, and how it would survive. Less than a month before it was not even in the form of an egg!! Sept 13th: ..didn’t expect to see it again, but while sitting outside at dusk, there they were, the mom (or dad) and chick. It was so pleasing to see them sitting on the fence together. Sept16th: I still see the little one come into the yard, much bigger now. It is smaller than an adult, and I’m sure that must be the same chick.


Date: September 29th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, North Carolina, Shadows, Silhouettes, Sunset, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, USA.

Afternoon shadows, Kitty Hawk, NCAfternoon shadows, Kitty Hawk, NC


Date: September 28th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Design, flowering trees, Flowers, Leaves, North Carolina, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA.

Magnolia seed pod , Raleigh, NC


Date: September 27th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, City Streets, Design, food, Fruit, North Carolina, red, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Cactus pears, Outer Banks, NCCactus pears, Outer Banks, NC


Date: September 26th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, Aquatic creatures, beach, Birds, North Carolina, seascape, Travel, Travel USA, USA, Water.

NC Sandpipers in flightNC Sandpipers in flight


Horseshoe Crab, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCHorseshoe Crab, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCHorseshoe Crab, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC


Date: September 16th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Dallas, food, Fruit, Green, Leaves, Seasonal, Texas, Trees, USA.

Pecans, Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, TexasPecans, Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Texas


Date: September 13th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, Garden, Insects, pink, Seasonal, Texas, USA.

Domesticated bee, Zinnia


Date: September 12th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Flowers, food, Garden, Insects, Seasonal, Texas, USA.

Bees in the Chives, Lewisville, TX


Date: September 10th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Design, Elements, Garden, Texas, USA, Water.

Rain and Razor Grass plumes, Lewisville, TX


Date: September 2nd, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Construction downtown DallasConstruction downtown Dallas



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