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Mama Dove & Her Fledgling on Our Back Ramada in Tucson

Mike in Tucson: Dove on our back ramada

Mike in Tucson: Dove on our back ramadaWhen saguaros die, the "bones" of the cactus remain.  I think they are beautiful, and put this one up on our back porch in Tucson Estates 2.  ("Porch" is for the 90% of my readers who think "ramada" is some kind of hotel chain...)

Mama Dove decided that the top "arm" of the saguaro ribs would make just the right place to raise a family. 

She didn't budge when we walked beneath her the entire time she was sitting on her single egg.  The little fledgling above is the result of her diligence, and I took that photo about a week ago.

Yesterday, the little guy spread his wings and flew off.  We sort of miss him and his mama.


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Comment balloon 27 commentsMike Jones • May 31 2010 12:19AM


That was quite an impressive photo tonight. I love the desert.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 10 years ago

Mike, what a precious picture!!  We once had a mama mourning dove with two babies in our pine tree.  Those two grew so big before they left the nest...that it was comical seeing them all try to fit into the nest!!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) over 10 years ago


The parents had the same problem with this one!  Thanks for sharing the story.


Thanks for saying so, and for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Love it!

Thanks Mike!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 10 years ago

Very cool photo!  Back in the day, people used to collect the bones and shellac them and make furniture and other items to sell at craft fairs and such.  Don't know if they can find as many now. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike!  I think if I came to visit you for a month, it would not be enough time for me to learn all of the unbelievably interesting aspects of your area!  I love this--and probably never would have thought to hang the carcus of a cactus on my porch post either!  (And BTW, I 'assumed' that ramada meant porch when reading your title but, I have to admit, I'm in the 90% whose initial reaction was the thought of a hotel chain!)

Beautiful shot and hopefully you'll soon have another dove to nest right under your nose!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 10 years ago


Now for the mama dove and the baby, they properly got better treatment and welcoming location at your ramada than if they had the nest at any inn (Ramada Inn or other).   :)

Amazing what interesting places some birds decide to chose for their nest.   Nice photos! 

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 10 years ago

Great photo and wonderful story, Mike!  Your Saguaro on the Ramada must be a good inn!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 10 years ago

Cool picture Mike. I see doves nest in the most interesting places...

Helping you help others live their American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago


They say that home is where the heart is and it looks like Ms. Dove had a heart for the cactus and the ramada.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Oh my goodness, Mike!  I love the pictures and I can't believe she stayed and nested...... Hopefully you will have another come soon!

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago

Mike - thanks for the lesson! I was wondering what a ramada is but you clarified everything for me. Wonderful photos (as always) and having the mama bird choose your home as her nesting place shows that the home is full of light and positive vibrations - not at all surprising!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Wow Michael I love the pic and post, and it has been featured at one of my favorite groups at Activerain!

Have a wonderful "Memorial Day" my friend!

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

Hey Mike, I've always loved your outdoors pictures and this is no exception. We have hundreds (literally) of dove living in the valley behind our home and though they are a migratory bird, these have taken up permanent residence ;-) I enjoy hearing them in a chorus in the mornings and evenings!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago


Thanks for the kind words. We have several species of dove in Tucson.  My favorite is the diminutive Inca Dove.

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for the feature!  Have a wonderful day.

Barbara Jo,

You figured it out; it's a "porch."


"House Chick!"  Love it!


I wish you a wonderful day, and hope you get to spend part of it with grandkids!


Ain't it the truth?!


Apparently so.  :)


According to the weather report, you're getting some warm Memorial Day weather in your neck of the woods.  Have a great day!


You figured it out correctly!  If you came to visit for a month, you would (at the very least) become a "snowbird."  This place grows on you.


From time to time, we do see vendors set up by the side of the road selling just the kind of furniture you remember.


I've been away too long.

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike:

Thanks for enlightening us dummies who were wondering what in the world a ramada was....also, love the birdie photo :)


~~~Kelly in the KEYS

Posted by Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony (Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike!
Admittedly, I didn't know what a ramada was...and I have one! The saguaro "branch" is very cool and I think that mama dove chose a beautiful spot for her family to enjoy!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 10 years ago

OK, you got me on the ramada - the only one I know about has a wet bar and room service.  Would you happen to have a chesterfield in your living room?  Glad you were able to take this awesome photo before they flew away.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 10 years ago

Great photo, Mike.  Evidently Mama dove had a lot of trust in you and your family.

Posted by Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago


She sure did!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


My Grandma used to have a Chesterfield in her living room.  I don't think I've heard that word in fifty years (except as a cigarette.)  Great comment.


Active Rain is the coolest place to learn new things, and they're not all about buying and selling real estate!

Kelly in the Keys,

Thanks for commenting; we're hoping to vacation out your way sometime this year.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike - Another great picture. i get the idea that you have an appreciation for wildlife. I do also, and i need to make sure my camera stays with me more often.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

That's really sweet!  We have bunnies.  Not nearly as cute since they are eating my petunias!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 10 years ago

Great photos as always from you, Mike! I see you think of Flagstaff as it's getting hot down there!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 10 years ago


The first few 100 degree days will do that...  LOL


You've got to post a sign "THIS IS NOT RABBIT FOOD"


Yes I do!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Great photos and blog layout! Checking out the cards and subscribing to your blog. Thanks!

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 10 years ago

What a great experience, Mike. I'd love to see that. We had a nest on the drainpipe to the side of our front window, but alas, the food chain was operating business as usual.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 10 years ago

I am one of the ones who didn't know that ramada was porch.  I feel so enlightened!  As for the dove's nest...I couldn't have staged a better place for it. 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 10 years ago

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