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Status Report:
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): apprx. 32
Current Status: DoveCam discontinued.
Current clutch; eggs laid: July 13, 2003
Chicks hatched/expected to hatch:
July 27, 2003
Chicks fledged/expected to fledge:
August 7, 2003

To learn more about Mourning Doves, visit these links:

North Carolina State University

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

UPDATES:

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.

August 7, 2003: Both chicks fledged
this morning.

July 29, 2003: More chicks in the nest!
And monsoon rains are here.

July 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.

June 11, 2003: Two new eggs in the nest!
And it's cooler this week--in the 90s.

June 4, 2003: Two more doves fledged on
the 2nd! Awaiting more eggs.

May 22, 2003: Two new chicks in the nest!

May 7, 2003: The first brood of chicks this
year have fledged successfully and there
are new eggs in the nest!

April 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.

September 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.

August 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.

August 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).

July 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.

June 10, 2002: Both chicks
fledged yesterday afternoon; parent birds
already remodeling the nest for the next clutch.

May 5, 2002: Both chicks fledged
this morning.

April 22, 2002: Chicks hatched!

April 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 eggs soon!

March 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.

October 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.

September 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.

August 14, 2001: The doves have
returned to the platform and have begun building
a new nest. DoveCam is active again.

July 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.

June 26, 2001: 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.

June 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.

April 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.

M
arch 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.

March 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.

February 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 February 22nd.

January 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.

September 25th, 2000: 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.

September 10th: The chicks from the
fourth brood (this year) fledged on September 3rd.
Will there be a fifth clutch of eggs?

August 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 1st.

July 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.

July 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.

June 20th: The previous (second brood) of chicks
fledged and now two new eggs (tyhe third clutch
this year) have been laid.

June 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.

Our 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 (Gallery pages).

May 26th: A second egg seen in the nest.
This is (unusually?) later than the first egg.

May 17th: The doves have settled in for a second clutch;
one egg seen in the nest. New camera position gives
a better picture.

May 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.


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