Missing my doves

@TheHorse (62205)
Pleasant Hill, California
October 28, 2015 9:56pm CST
As Winter approaches, I think about the doves who made my balcony a home for brief periods of time this Spring. For some reason, my balcony became the home of juvenile mourning doves who were out of the nest, but still leaning to fly. They (one at a time) would just sit there, and not even shy away from me when I'd water my plants. Periodically, an adult dove would come by, encourage the young bird to fly, and then leave. The young bird would be gone for awhile and then return to the floor of my balcony by evening. One stayed about ten days. Two others stayed for about five. I read on the internet that it's the father who teaches the juveniles to fly, while the mother maintains the nest. I'll miss my juvenile mourning doves as Winter sets in. I'll attach a picture of my first young friend, on a rare day when both mom and dad were checking in on him.
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@poehere (17717)
• French Polynesia
29 Oct 15
Yes when winter hits in a lot of places it is so cold. I see on the TV here the storms and all the snow. We don't have much of a winter here on the islands and I'm not sure how I would do in such weather. I am so use to the warm climate and humidity here on the islands I think I would freeze before winter finished. Just remember John Snow kept saying winter is coming and it will be a long winter at that.
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@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
I don't mind a long Winter as long as we get some rain.
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@poehere (17717)
• French Polynesia
29 Oct 15
@TheHorse Yes that does sound good especially for a lot of places that are so dry right now.
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
@poehere We have not had substantial rain in several months.
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@hereandthere (28901)
• Philippines
29 Oct 15
i thought they would perch on something higher and not on the floor
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
Dad would coax them to the railing. Then they'd fly. But they'd spend most of their time on the floor of my balcony. A "poop analysis" confirmed that this was the case even when I was gone.
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• Philippines
29 Oct 15
@TheHorse maybe also because he wasn't born there so there's no nest hanging somewhere?
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
@hereandthere I read that once they get the boot from the nest, they settle in somewhere else for awhile, and dad "teaches" them to fly and be adults doves. Then they find their own way.
@LadyDuck (147487)
• Switzerland
29 Oct 15
They are so cute, we have another kind of dove, the Eurasian collared doves. I have plenty that come to eat in my garden from my feeders, especially now that it's beginning cold.
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
Do they make a pretty sound when they take off? Our morning doves' wings make a distinctive sound when they fly, especially as they take off.
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@LadyDuck (147487)
• Switzerland
29 Oct 15
@TheHorse Yes they do, it is similar to the mourning doves, there was one last year, I do not know from where she came here.
@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
29 Oct 15
How nice to have their company for a little while!
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
It was fun seeing my little friend(s) out there, awaiting a flying lesson.
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@jstory07 (65284)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Oct 15
Good picture that you took.
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
I liked the fact that they weren't afraid of me.
@DeborahDiane (20029)
• Laguna Woods, California
29 Oct 15
We lived in a house that attracted doves, too. I never knew why, but they nested under our deck and I loved hearing them coo.
@TheHorse (62205)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Oct 15
I love the sound of their cooing, and I love the sound of their wings when they take off.