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Status: Number of clutches this year: 4
Number of Mourning Doves successfully raised this year: 8
Number of Mourning Doves successfully raised on DoveCam (all years):
Current Status: DoveCam discontinued.
Current clutch; eggs laid: approximately July 13, 2003
Chicks hatched/expected to hatch: July 27, 2003
Chicks fledged/expected to fledge: August 7, 2003
more about Mourning Doves, visit these links:
Carolina State University
Department of Natural Resources
see videos of a baby dove hatching and getting its first meal (from
last season), click here.
see a gallery of photos (the Best of DoveCam), click
December 31, 2003: DoveCam has been permanently shutdown. The house
where the doves' nest and the Kinetic Horizons studio were located
has been sold. It seems the doves outlasted us. Check back in a
few months, there's an outside chance there'll be a FeederCam or
SunriseCam or something else from the new studio.
7, 2003: Both chicks fledged this morning.
29, 2003: More chicks in the nest! And monsoon rains are here.
8, 2003: Last brood of chicks fledged on the same day a couple of
days early. It's gonna be 112 degrees F here tomorrow, they should
find some shade! The parents have been visiting the nest in the
morning, so another clutch may be on the way.
11, 2003: Two new eggs in the nest! And it's cooler this week--in
4, 2003: Two more doves fledged on the 2nd! Awaiting more eggs.
22, 2003: Two new chicks in the nest!
7, 2003: The first brood of chicks this year have fledged successfully
and there are new eggs in the nest!
16, 2003: Another season for DoveCam! There has been a bird on the
nest for about two weeks, so chicks should be along soon--I'll refine
the chronology in the summary when that happens.
12, 2002: There has been no new activity around the nest in a couple
of weeks. It appears the breeding season may be over for this year.
The weather has been unsettled the last week or two. We have removed
the old nest from the platform and shut down DoveCam for the season.
If there are signs of new activity we'll reactivate it. If not,
check back in the early spring next year to see if the doves return
for another year.
25, 2002: The surviving chick from the last brood fledged on August
18th (late). The parent birds have been visiting the nest the past
couple of days, so there may be another clutch coming.
8, 2002: One of the chicks has died in the nest. Late this afternoon
during feeding time, we noticed only one chick was feeding. The
other was motionless beside the first. One of the parent birds has
been pecking at it for sometime and it is obviously dead. We reviewed
recent stored photos and the chick was definitley alive the evening
of August 6th. It's difficult to tell after that, but we didn't
see any obvious trouble (like a predator).
21, 2002: After the last brood fledged, the monsoon season began
with a few windy days. The nest is a lot higher than before--either
from wind rearranging it or the doves adding significantly more
material to it. New eggs in the nest.
June 27, 2002: Two recently-hatched chicks are in the nest. And
it's hot here--106 degrees F today.
10, 2002: Both chicks fledged yesterday afternoon; parent birds
already remodeling the nest for the next clutch.
5,2002: Both chicks fledged this morning.
22, 2002: Chicks hatched!
13, 2002: Two more eggs in the nest; second clutch of the year.
April 4, 2002: The first brood of chicks this year successfully
fledged! After a couple of days, the parent birds have been seen
around the nest in the morning and early evening. We expect more
10, 2002: We had a flycatcher spend the evenings on a beam near
the nest platform most of the winter. Mourning doves began hanging
around the platform in mid-February, and built a fast nest. One
dove seen on the nest periodically for a day or two and then an
egg seen in the nest on February 26th, with a second egg seen in
the nest the following day. The doves have been incubating since
then. The weather has been mild and we expect the first chick of
this year to hatch on Tuesday, March 12th.
15, 2001: There has been no new activity on the nest (except for
a visiting roadrunner) since the last brood fledged on September
21. The breeding season for mourning doves typically ends in late-September
or early-October. We have discontinued regular operation of DoveCam
until we see new activity (breeding season typically begins in March).
We are also exploring adding a "FeederCam" in the meantime;
so check back.
21: The two chicks from the latest clutch fledged on September 13th,
right on schedule. It is late in the breeding season for Mourning
Doves, but we'll keep watching.
14, 2001: The doves have returned to the platform and have begun
building a new nest. DoveCam is active again.
31, 2001: After the last brood of chicks sucessfully fledged (about
three weeks ago), we were expecting the doves to come back and start
another clutch. We saw one of the parent doves at the nest once
or twice early last week, but we have seen no activity since. We
have removed the old, dirty nest, and hope that a clean platform
will entice them back. In the meantime, we have taken DoveCam offline;
it will return as soon as we see evidence of activity on the platform.
26: The second brood of the year succesfully fledged. A third brood
is underway. The eggs were laid June 9 and 10; and hatched June
25 and 26. They're growing quickly; we expect they'll leave the
nest (fledge) around July 9th. Typically, the chicks get big and
restless (stretching their wings and walking around the nest) right
before they fledge, so the viewing on DoveCam should be pretty good
the next couple of weeks.
4, 2001: The second brood of the year is growing quickly and should
fledge around June 8th.
May 8, 2001: The chicks from the first successful clutch of the
year fledged today! We'll see if there's another clutch in the next
week or so.
16, 2001: We had almost given up hope. After several days of no
dove visits, we removed the remains of the earlier failed nest.
Several more days passed without any dove visits. Finally, the doves
returned! On April 9th we noticed an egg in the nest. Unfortunately,
we also noticed two paper wasp nests just above the doves' nest--removing
the wasp nests (we were afraid they might sting the chicks; and
they were right outside our door) caused the dove to leave the nest
for a night. We're hoping the night temperatures didn't harm the
viability of the egg. The next day, the doves returned and we noticed
a second egg in the nest on April 11th. Thankfully, there have been
no interruptions since. We expect (hope) that the first egg will
hatch on April 23rd and the second egg will hatch on April 25th.
So, keep watching! Oh yeah, we had a litter of cottontail rabbits
at the base of the dove nest platform--they've grown and left; so,
too, has the rattlesnake we saw there a few days later.
March 11, 2001: Our doves are having a difficult season. We saw
another egg laid late on March 6th. On the afternoon of March 7th,
the parent dove left the nest for about 15 minutes. During that
time, a Gila Woodpecker visited the nest for about three minutes
(click here to see photos
of that time). The woodpecker was looking at the egg and we think
it may have cracked the egg. The parent dove returned for a few
hours and then left; when she left, there was no sign of the egg.
No doves visited the nest for three days. On March 11th, we removed
the nest from the platform where it had been built. We are hoping
that the doves (or another pair) will return and build a new one;
and that by building a new one they won't think of the nest site
as 'failed'. We'll leave DoveCam operating.
4, 2001: The eggs from the first clutch (Feb. 8th) did not hatch.
About two days after the expected hatch date, the parent birds stopped
brooding the eggs. On March 3rd, we removed the eggs from the nest;
candling showed them to possibly be infertile. Early February is
early in the year for Mourning Doves to be setting up a nest. On
March 4 (the day after we removed the eggs), we noticed a pair of
doves at the nest for a couple of hours in the morning. Perhaps
they will try again.
8, 2001: There's an egg in the nest! The first egg of the first
clutch of this year was laid late on February 7th. One parent bird
has been on the nest all day today. This egg should hatch around
25, 2001: There has been a pair of mourning doves hanging around
the nest area lately. DoveCam has been reactivated. This morning,
the two doves were seen in the old nest.
25th: There has been no new activity at the nest since the fourth
brood fledged. According to a monograph on mourning doves (Birds
of North America project, number 117), nesting usually begins in
February or March and ends in late September or early October. Consequently,
we have taken DoveCam offline. Should activity resume we will reactivate
it (though we suspect this won't be until early 2001). In the meantime,
we are redirecting the camera to our feeder and will have that operational
shortly. Please check back soon.
10th: The chicks from the fourth brood (this year) fledged on September
3rd. Will there be a fifth clutch of eggs?
6th: The chicks from the third brood fledged on July 19th. Sadly,
we found one chick dead on the ground the next morning. The nest
was empty (except for the occasional visit by a cactus wren, gila
woodpecker or lizard) until August 3rd, and there are now two eggs
(the fourth clutch this year) in the nest. The first was laid at
approximately 3:30 on the afternoon of Friday, August 4th. The eggs
should hatch about August 19th and the chicks fledge about September
17th: The third brood this year is almost ready to fledge (we expect
the chicks to fledge July 19th or 20th). Some new photos added to
the Gallery. If you see a cool picture, save it and email it to
us for consideration for the Gallery.
5th: The eggs have hatched! Expect a lot of activity over the next
two weeks as the chicks grow; they should flege around July 19th.
20th: The previous (second brood) of chicks fledged and now two
new eggs (tyhe third clutch this year) have been laid.
9th: The chicks are getting big! And getting a little restless.
We think the first one hatched on May 31st, and expect it to fledge
about June 14th.
earlier note that the second egg appeared on May 26th appears to
be incorrect. A review of the archived photos shows two eggs in
the nest as early as May 20th. See for yourself on the Gallery pages
26th: A second egg seen in the nest. This is (unusually?) later
than the first egg.
17th: The doves have settled in for a second clutch; one egg seen
in the nest. New camera position gives a better picture.
11th: The two chicks have fledged! We will be reorienting the camera
to try to get a better image; so DoveCam may be offline awhile today.
Hopefully, since the nest was successful, the parent birds will
have another brood in the next few days. Stay tuned.
pair of mourning doves has taken up nesting outside our studio.
We've installed this webcam (DoveCam) so you can see them too!
image should be live between approximately 8:00 am and 7:00 pm, Arizona
time (we don't do Daylight Savings Time here). The image should update
automatically every 30 seconds or so. If it doesn't seem to be updating
automatically, try clicking the refresh or reload button on your browser.
Or, it might be that the dove isn't moving much. Or maybe the server is
down--we're still experimenting with this.
doves built the nest around April 10th and we think eggs were laid around
April 12th and hatched around April 26th, which means the chicks should
fledge around May 10th.
you want to leave the DoveCam on your screen but can't see the entire
image without scrolling when it reloads, click on the "DoveCam"
mountain logo at the very top of this page (or click
here) to get a bare essentials version of this page that should
fit on any size monitor.
learn more about Mourning Doves, visit these links:
Carolina State University
Department of Natural Resources