This photograph of a mother dove and two fledglings was taken in our carport.
Desert Duets: Mourning Dove Babies Web Page
Both mourning dove parents build the nest. The male collects twigs
and gives them to the female who weaves them into a loose nest. In the
photograph above, the nest looks simply like a pile of twigs. (Mourning
doves built this nest on a rack for garden tools on the side of a house.)
Doves mate year round and can have up to six
clutches in one year, which may explain why there are so
many mourning doves!
The fledglings fly after about
12 to 14 days, but they stay close
to the nest for another week or two. The parents take care of them until
they are about 26 to 27 days old. In the photograph above, a mourning
dove parent sits in the nest with two fledglings.