Birds’ nest

5-4, 5-0, 3-5. The last set we were down 0-3, then 1-4. I’ve one double in the first set. During the warm up, I hit a few singlehanded backhand, thinking of Pete Sampras.

The story of the day is a pair mourning doves 哀鸽. I got there early to practice my serve (duh!) and seeing a bird flies by more frequently than usual, “what a nice companion!”

The early bird gets the worm.

The mourning doves, one is incubating and one is bring in more twigs and grass to build or enhance their nest at top of the tent between two tennis courts.

But when my three buddies arrived, the bird grow bolder, not only in and out of our tent more but also landed on the net often. Then did I realize that he’s bring in the materials to enhance the nest, which is up the tent.

An hour later, next court is occupied by four more guys. The birdie is more desperate. It must be the love!

Per Indiana division of fish and wildlife, the big eyes birds

  • there are 500 millions of them in US
  • Courtship activities begin in late winter (late February/early March) with egg laying beginning in late April/early May.
  • Doves will attempt 2 to 5 nestings in a year
  • Incubation lasts about 14 days and both the male and female take part.
  • Nesting almost never occurs in densely wooded areas.
  • The male and female both assist in the construction of the nest. The male will select the material for the nest and then deliver it to the female who builds the nest.
  • The male usually sits on the nest during the day while the female takes her turn at night.
  • The lifespan of a dove is relatively short, whereby, on average, they live just longer than a year. The two to five nestings per year are necessary to maintain the population levels.


…哀鸽 树枝和草

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