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A Nest on Thorns! Amazing! Please Read.. by paintingsheep

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Yesterday I went poking about in rather bad neighborhood looking for rust and peeling paint. As I turned a corner past a really huge prickly pear cactus (about 11 feet high) an image of a bird caught my eye. There on one of the flat paddles of the cactus was a Mourning Dove, sitting on a scrawny nest made perched atop the THORNS of the cactus. I was eye to eye with this lovely bird, and tried not to alarm her with my picture taking. Except for an occasional blink, the bird didn’t move on her nest.
What really amazed me, upon closer inspection, was that this bird had first put down STONES on the cactus, between the thorns, then laid on some STICKS, and then added the thinner weeds. I cry just thinking about that…so amazing and wonderful!
This photo isn’t the greatest…the light was all wrong, I will be returning to the area soon to try again..and to bring her some birdseed.
If you look closely on the bottom of the picture you can see some of the stones.

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  • markFairaday
    markFairadayover 4 years ago

    truly amazing. wow how rough we think we have it. wow

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    What a smart one! And the image is gorgeous! Mourning doves are very cool….makes want to run over to it and offer it some nice soft cotton to nest in or something. Thank you for sharing this with us!!

  • Berns
    Bernsover 4 years ago

    Fantastic, well spotted Gena, I LOVE your kind heart!

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 4 years ago

    You have done it very good my friend, just so tender with love, and I see all that you have said, in your words, just beautiful…..always N.J.

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    Amazing!!! Fantastic work too

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 4 years ago

    This is so amazing..I just love Mourning Doves..they are so special! xo

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture – I’d leave it as it is, some things are better ‘stolen’ than ‘properly set up’. And it drives me mad when I hear some people calling birds ‘stupid’ – they have no idea how inventive birds are. For example, on the stretch of Thames where I walk at lunchtime there is heron among the usual Canada geese, ducks, pigeons and crows. The crane would stand there for hours without moving much, and every now and then would spear a small crab and then gobble it. A few days ago I saw a crow, standing in water up to its feathers, and doing exactly the same! A crow is not a water bird, has no great love of water past the drinking and occasional shower in the rain, but it has learned from the heron and has a better diet for it.

    So, well done for capturing this, thank you for sharing it and for not disturbing the bird :-)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Awesome, Gena! It is so unbelievable how a bird like this knows how to cushion such a prickly nest with stones. Truly amazing shot! Well done, my friend!

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • ChristianaT
    ChristianaTover 4 years ago

    Really, really amazing. Well done!!

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