2520. A lesson in ornithology

What a thrill it was when a pair of pigeons began creating a nest on the ledge right outside Jackson’s window. It had one disadvantage: he could watch the progress over the coming weeks, but the weather was getting warmer and he didn’t want to frighten the pigeons by opening the window. Jackson could have reached out and touched them they were so close.

Jackson kept a detail account of progress in a notebook. They seemed to have created some sort of nest but no egg had appeared. And then wonder of wonders! The first egg appeared! A second egg appeared about a day later. The eggs were white. Both parents took turns sitting on the eggs, but the female did most of the sitting.

After 18 days of incubation two squabs hatched. The parents began feeding them. They grew quickly. After two weeks feathers began to grow. At three weeks they were fully feathered. On the 28th day they were fully grown and ready to leave the nest, but before they did Jackson gently opened the window.

He used an old recipe that was his grandmother’s.

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22 thoughts on “2520. A lesson in ornithology

  1. Sarah Angleton

    We had doves nest in one of the hanging flower baskets on our porch this year, which made watering a little challenging. They successfully shoved fledglings into the world and then showed up again a couple weeks later. The second time there was only one egg and it never hatched. Mama and Papa bird gave up and took off the day before opening day of dove season, which was pretty smart because my husband had threatened to eat them. I think he was kidding. But possibly not.

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      1. Sarah Angleton

        Maybe they were just expressing their dissatisfaction with the food? I’ve never eaten pigeon, either, but I bet it’s similar to dove, which isn’t bad. I still don’t think I’d want to eat one that nested on my porch. That doesn’t feel very hospitable.

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