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Egg in my orchid basket

This is a discussion on Egg in my orchid basket within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Unique experience and very uplifting i bet! Respect to your choice of leaving mother and ...

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    Unique experience and very uplifting i bet! Respect to your choice of leaving mother and child be in peace esp with orchids condition in decline as you state. Did you not notice dove flying back and forth to build nest from raw materials or is it an old nest.

    Not sure just how viable this actually is, but here its noted that if so much as even our scent marks or taints nest or young the parent aborts mission abandoning egg . Not something i would want to experiment with though and your dove seems quite settled. We have magpies here that warrant many a times a naturelover to rear the young (if at all possible with good timing) after parent scared away. Definetly the playground bullies.

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    Matt, the birds built the nest overnight.
    I hung the basket under the tent frame one day and the next day there was this bird that refused to leave the basket. Mama bird flew away for some reason one time so I took a ladder to check what's in the basket and that is when I took the picture. Maybe the bird just wanted to let me see what's in the basket to say "See? I have an egg up there. Now leave us alone!"

    After that, the bird refused to leave the nest and she would just watch me go about my chores around the orchid garden.

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    I looked at pictures of Mourning Doves and the birds nesting in my orchid basket do look like them.
    Even the funny sound they make when taking off and landing are the same - I did not know that the squeaking sound was actually produced by the wings and not a vocalization.

    We have also just realized that there are in fact two birds taking turns sitting on the nest. Sometimes the other bird would be watching from nearby trees or on the top of the tent roof while one sits on the nest.

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    How amazing! I love birds and would be thrilled to find a nest on top of a shelf. Too cool...I hope you can get pics of the little thing when it hatches.

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    I think John also a message in disguise mapping out the next orchid that should grace your garden collection whether in Panama or not with the Peristeria Elata. Its a sign and just meant to be! Plus a method in the madness for the dove who has recruited excellent security and protection. Very intelligent birds soon recognising the 'food provider' as a friend not a foe when in captivity. So sad that these incidents and experiences in nature itself will be occuring less and less. If vanity, materialism, wealth and power is of no interest to the individual where else will we find simple pleasures with nature in decline,! I for one would need a hell of a lot more orchids that i have now! thatss for sure!

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    i can imagine how many times they need to bring all material to build the nest.i have once in the grape tree over my kitchen.the couple flew all day to bring the dry stick for the nest,some fell over the floor but they still do it.

    i wish your orchid still o.k after the tenant leave.

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    The eggs (yup there were two!) have hatched.
    I guess the parents figured they could lay a second egg given the size of the nest they built.
    One chick is clearly visible to the right of the parent. The second chick is tucked under the parent.
    It is amazing how fast they grow considering the small size of the eggs that they hatched from.

    Now we have noticed that the parents would leave the nest unattended for several minutes at a time.
    I hope the chicks don't get into any trouble while the parents are away - it is a long way down from the nest to my garden floor (concrete!).


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    Congratulations! I know its a bit of a worry but even if they fall down, they will literally bounce off! Its the survival thing with all bird chicks, they have enough padding and shock absorbing ability to overcome falls. But, I know the parents will take care of it all.

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    What a beautiful bird. I am so pleased that they found a good safe environment to bring their little chicks into the world.

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    Looks like our mourning doves. They are rather stupid when it comes to nest building. Have had them build on top of the down spoutngs. They love hanging baskets with open areas for their shallow and poorly built nests. Just think of how well fertilized your orchid will be. I really appreciate u allowing it to stay. They are such sweet birds.

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