So Mr. B moved the ladder so it wouldn't be so tempting. Now the squirrels are using it to climb up and down and chase each other around. Oh boy....a toy!
Mr. B wanted me to start a nest for the birds so that they would get the idea of what to do with the nesting box - ha! I think Mother Nature provides them with their own nesting ideas!!!
And the very next day - sure enough they had begun their work - at least I thought it was just the beginning. Apparently they think it's finished!
This morning when I checked on them, mama was on the nest and daddy was watching from the fence. But I didn't have my camera with me.
Then later in the afternoon, I checked on them and daddy was still on the fence but mama was up on the roof of our house just above the nest. I hope they enjoy their new home. I'll keep you posted.
Some interesting facts about Mourning Doves:
--the oldest known Mourning Dove was 30 years 4 months old
--they tend to mate for life and both parents incubate and take care of the young
--they have 3-5 clutches each season
--they have 2 white eggs that are born 1 day apart
--the eggs hatch in 14-16 days
--the fledglings leave the nest in 11-12 days and on day 12 they are cut off from food to encourage them to leave - talk about tough love!!!!!
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
~ Margaret Lee Runbeck