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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