Guess it's about time for some duh-dove nest updates.
I'm sorry to report that after more than two weeks of faithful incubation, the nest in the side yard was abandoned by the dove(s) on Saturday. And so there it still sits, its two white eggs pristine and lonely in a nest decorated by fallen bougainvillea petals.
I'll probably remove the eggs, which were likely not fertilized to begin with, so the dove parents might reuse the nest for another try.
On a more hopeful note, the nest in the flowerpot on the front shelf is still being faithfully tended by the dove parents. This nest was started more than a week after the other one.
I originally saw both parents building the nest, but these days I only ever see one bird at a time incubating the eggs. It's hard for me to tell the Mom from the Dad.
But whichever parent this was, it wasn't too concerned about having its picture taken.
Talking gently to them definitely helps, I think. Whenever I come near, I quietly say hello and try to exude peaceful vibes, so they know I pose no threat.
It will be exciting if this nest produces a baby or two, and we can peek in now and then.