|18 October 2014 - we|
noticed a nest had
been built on a
wall shelf above (and
to the left of) the
roll of porous pipe
In this instance, new life involved some Rock Pigeons. In late October RMan went into our LP gas storage area to change out the tank which provides our hot water. He noticed that a nest had been built on a shelf up on the wall - and that it contained a couple of eggs.
Unfortunately, I can't find the pic I took of the eggs.
|19 October 2014 - taken when Mama slipped off|
the nest to seek some refreshment
Mama Pigeon arrived shortly thereafter and plonked herself back on the nest. I beat a hasty retreat - I remember what it was like with a newborn (never mind two) and didn't want to disturb her at this vital time.
|29 October 2014 - not a pretty sight|
Three days later and they are now pretty ugly looking chicks.
|1 November 2014|
November arrived, and, intially, there wasn't that much progress...
...except when you walked near the nest to get a close-up they reared up on their legs - almost menacing!
What a difference 4 days make. They now only have a small amount of their downy fur left peeking out from within their developing feathers.
|1 November 2014 - legs are definitely operational|
|5 November 2014 - feathers developing|
|Day 24 - 11 November 2014|
Day 24 and I reckon they are about to spread their wings and flee the nest. They don't seem that perturbed by either RMan or I, so hopefully they will remain in the area and be friendly to Coo.
The weird thing is apart from when the chicks were really small and Mama seemed to spend all day every day on the nest, once they got to day 12 - 13 we never saw Mama visiting the nest. How, and when, they got fed we have no idea.
But, in the case of these chicks, the ugly chicks certainly developed into beautiful baby Rock Pigeons. Nice :) I'm so glad that Mama trusted us enough to lay her eggs, and rear her young, so close to us.