This page is partly to consolidate the photos of the pigeons that have
been nesting on my balcony,
and partly to relieve those who rather dislike these birds from having
to view the photos when theyview my main blog page...
-- Mama has found and
settled the nest.
-- I notice the eggs
for the first time.
-- The first chick
hatches, to be closely followed by the other.
Note the cracking on the second shell.
-- Both chicks out
-- Mama bird keeping
-- Still babies with
-- Getting their pin
-- Getting more fully
Mama and Papa bird still feed them regularly, but no longer roost.
Presumably, they are staying at a new nest with a new brood.
-- Getting filled in.
Should just be a week or so before they start to try to fly.
-- Little of the
baby down remains, and the adult feathers
are almost all in.
A few days ago, they left the nest and are now choosing their own
resting places on the balcony.
In a few weeks, they'll be trying to fly up to the ledge, I suppose.
-- One has almost
lost the baby fuzz, and the other is close behind.
I don't see the parents coming in as much nowadays, but they must be
coming in and feeding;
the squabs look healthy, almost full-grown now. You can't see it in
these photos, but they've almost got their
iridescent colors (purple and green) in on their neck feathers. Note
the patch of white atop the head of the
-- Still filling
out; the larger one, with the bigger neck feather fluffing, is a male,
Its colors are starting to stand out more on the neck, too. They've
both left the protective cover
of the metal shelf stand the nest was made in, and they now prefer to
sleep perched atop a small
cardboard box I left out for them.