We think that the first egg of the second clutch of 2001 may have been a victim of nest predation by a Gila Woodpecker. The following four photos cover three minutes on March 7th. The parent dove had left the nest and a Gila Woodpecker visited. Later that day, the parent dove left the nest and there was no sign of the egg in the nest. Mourning doves have not visited the nest since (it has now been four days).  

Gila Woodpecker inspecting the egg.

Taking a closer look.

Still interested a minute later.

The egg appears to have been moved.


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