Being so new that they are still blind and bald doesn't stop the infant
mockingbirds from demanding dinner. The chicks are nested only four-feet high in a Hollywood juniper. Bluejays, sparrows, robins and dove often nest within our reach, when we have no
resident cats in the garden.
This little friend was blown down in a storm. When the new nest-chassis was returned to the limbs, Mother
resumed her duties.
A mourning dove was trying-out the sheltered niche to make a home. We wonder if the `mourning´ bit comes from
their sweet sad cooing song or from their rusty-red breast that may symbolize a bleeding-heart to some. These
monogamous creatures are faithful mates for life. One year, a dove was struck by a passing car on our street. It
laid there for at least a day before being removed, yet its mate circled the empty spot for days.
His first jump from the nest lands a sparrow chick in the potting soil pan, safe and sound.