I was so excited when I saw a couple of collared doves building a ridiculously flimsy little nest under the eaves near our kitchen window. I have been trying to peek around impossible corners to see the progress of the nest building, the egg laying and the chicks growing. They started off as two extremely fluffy, stripy looking balls of feathers, and almost overnight seemed to grow into this;
I have been watching them avidly – almost not wanting to go and open up the gallery, and instead find myself a comfy place to sit and observe them all day! – and I think they are just about to leave. As I write this (on Wednesday 24the June) there has been a lot of furious wing stretching and visits to the very edge of the nest. I don’t think they will be around for long at all. It will be sad to see them leave, but how very exciting it all is!
Have you seen any fledgling birds in your gardens or parks? I honestly could watch them all day long!
PS – this post was written as part of the #30dayswild challenge set up by the Wildlife Trusts – you can find more information about it here.