Baby dove update: growth rate slows, but city still in peril

May 15th, 2009

The baby doves aren’t growing as fast as the past few days, but they could have another growth spurt at any time, so the Giant Dove Threat Level remains at Orange, or “Almost Time for Panic”.

Side by Side

Yesterday I came home to find that Momma Dove was off shopping for bugs or worms or whatever it is baby birds eat. That gave me a great chance to get close for this photo.

Family Portrait

Today I found that Momma was back, and positioned as if for a family portrait. When she’s around, I can’t get too close, so I have to stand back, hold the camera over my head with the viewscreen extended, and try to frame a decent shot. That can be hard when it’s sunny like today, because the viewscreen isn’t bright enough to compete with full daylight.

Still Life With Cats

May 13th, 2009
Still Life with Cats

Baby doves again

May 13th, 2009
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Yesterday I found Momma dove sitting off to the side, keeping a close watch on her young’uns (and on me).

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Today I found her back in place more or less on top of them again. But note how the feathers are really filling out on the chicks. Soon they’ll be fledging. I hope I can be there to see them leave the nest… but the odds are against it.

Another baby dove update

May 11th, 2009
New Configuration

The chicks have grown so large that Momma Dove isn’t trying to sit on them any more. Today I found them all sitting nose-to-nose. At the rate these chicks are growing, in two weeks they will be the size of Houston.

So Ugly They're Cute

I was very close, and the click of my shutter scared away Momma Dove (sorry, Momma), but that gave me the chance to step even closer to get this photo.

Where the Nest Is

For context, here’s the hose reel where the nest is built. It’s behind some bushes, but right at the front corner by the driveway (that’s the headlamp on my Mustang you can see through a gap in the leaves).

Baby dove update

May 10th, 2009

Just five days later, and look how the chicks have grown. They don’t fit under Momma Dove any more:

Four Days Later

Baby doves

May 5th, 2009

This mourning dove made herself a nest on the top of our hose reel.

Mourning Dove

We thought she was sitting on eggs, but after I accidentally scared her away, I discovered her eggs have hatched and she’s sitting on chicks.

Baby Doves

I’m just afraid she and her chicks might not last long. They’re only about 4 feet off the ground – easily within cat range.

Horses

April 10th, 2009

I know it seems like I have forgotten my blog because I’m not writing in it any more. This neglect is not intentional; I have just not felt like writing. It’s been this way pretty much since Ike. I’ll get over it.

In the mean time, I do realize that this blog is now beginning its fifth year, and so something must be posted. But since I don’t feel like writing, I’ll let others speak for me. Here are some nice quotes about horses, beginning with one I have posted here before.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill

“There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.” – Robert Smith Surtees

“Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.” – Author Unknown

“A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but also when they are old and past service.” – Plutarch

“It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall.” – Mexican Proverb

“You don’t break these animals; you come to an understanding with them.” – Phil West

“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.” – Arabian Proverb

“He knows when you’re happy. He knows when you’re comfortable. He knows when you’re confident. And he always knows when you have carrots.” – Author Unknown

“A lovely horse is always an experience…. It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.” – Beryl Markham

“A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot.” – John Steinbeck

“A canter is a cure for every evil.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“In riding a horse we borrow freedom.” – Helen Thomson

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” – Winston Churchill

These quotes were gathered from here and here.

I-45 is lovely this time of year

March 8th, 2009

Construction to shut down NASA 1, I-45

National Gorilla Suit Day

January 31st, 2009

Today is National Gorilla Suit Day, as originally imagined by Mad Magazine’s legendary Don Martin. You can read more about National Gorilla Suit Day here, here, here, here, and here.

Nasty Bacon

January 18th, 2009

Found this on the counter this morning after the girls left for Pine Hill. But it was buy 1 get 1 free!

Nasty Bacon

We got to install microwave ovens, Custom Kitchen Deliveries…

December 19th, 2008

Watch it. You’ll like it.

‘Tis the season…

December 18th, 2008
funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

Gleefully stolen from Justin’s blog.