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Holding Down the Fort: Mexican White Winged Dove

Mexican White Winged Dove on nest: Mike in Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender

~ Keep your distance! ~

This mother on her nest is half again the size of the Mourning Doves that you're used to seeing in your neighborhood.  They migrate north from Mexico and nest in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert. 

This one has found a location where the spines of the saguaro cactus protect her from reptile predators.  Notice the featherless blue skin around the striking orange eye.  You can't see it in this photo, but the leading edges of her wings are white.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsMike Jones • July 03 2011 09:57AM

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Mike - Smart little dove hiding in that spiny cactus. Nice shot.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 8 years ago

Mike,

It obvious, one creature's needle is anther's bed-spring!

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 8 years ago

That dove is definitely in a very protected area, isn't she?  Pretty smart.  Won't get may preditors stealing her eggs.

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI (North Sky Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Mike I would never have thought that a bird would make a nest in a cactus, but it makes perfect sense after reading your blog.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 8 years ago

Mike

It's truly amazing on how a bird can nest in a citrus.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 8 years ago

Lou,

You won't find many oranges or grapefruit on that plant!  LOL

Mexican White Winged Dove on nest: Mike in Tucson Arizona Mortgage LenderGeorge,

They do it all the time.

Michael,

That's the truth!

Bill,

Love your comments!  I made a card with your comment on the egg & roast chicken post.

Judy,

Sure is!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 8 years ago
I saw a bird nest in a cactus Saturday morning when hiking
Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) about 8 years ago

Mike - One thing I love about AR is folks sharing their little corner of the world. It's nice to get away for a few seconds to view others hometowns. Thanks for sharing! Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Mike!  I knew you'd have something beautiful to see on your blog today!  I hope you and yours have a fabulous Fourth!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 8 years ago

Just stopped by to say that I

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by Not a real person about 8 years ago

Mike - great picture of wildlife and I am always amazed at the was wildlife takes advantage of natural defenses. I never would have thought about the reptiles being a risk to the doves and her nest.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 8 years ago

Larry,

Our state bird, the Cactus Wren, also builds her nest amid the sharp spines of desert cactus.  Thanks for commenting.

Russel,

Love the eagle photo! Thanks for stopping by.

Debe,

We sure did.  See you on your blog.

Carla,

I couldn't agree more!  Same to you and yours.

Harry,

Pretty cool!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 8 years ago

Mike: How awesome.. If funny how the bird can find comfort in the most awkward places.

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) about 8 years ago

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