This is a mourning dove couple that built a nest outside my window. Nest construction began on 04/21/10 and the first egg was laid around 5:00-6:00pm on 04/26/10.
The squabs (they're not called chicks) should hatch in 14-15 days. So start looking for tiny birds around 05/10/10. About 2 weeks after that, the babies should start leaving the nest.
Mourning Doves have been known to reuse the same nest for five sets of eggs in a single season. This is the first time we've seen the Doves in this location so we're hoping they'll keep coming back and we'll keep the camera up as long as they are there.
Unlike most birds, Doves incubate their eggs continually, so there should almost always be someone on the nest. The male (Jack) does a daytime shift and the female (Diane) does the night shift.
Doves, along with Pigeons, produce a food called pigeon milk (not really milk) by glands in the crop of the adult bird. The parent opens its mouth wide, permitting the nestling to stick its head inside to feed on the nutritious food. In the wild, the adult birds feed primarily on waste grain. These include corn, wheat, grass, and weed seeds.