Nest of baby birds in my hanging planter.

by Lisa Clark
(Warner Robins, Georgia)

I took the planter down to water it and found the nest at the time there was only one egg. This is the second nest I had in this plant. The first one I took out as it never became a home for any eggs. But this one did. And over the course of 3 days there was a total of 4 eggs. They were white at first then turned to a very soft faded light blue with a few black specks. After approximately 16 days the first two hatched I'm not sure if it was the same day for the both as I was not constantly watching. But when I looked in there was two babies. Then the next day one more emerged. As of two more days later and this posting the last egg has still not hatched. The mother bird has been very attentive to the babies and I have not interfered with this. They are growing fast and all seems well but I'm not sure about this last egg, is it possible it's dead or just non fertilized egg. I don't know anything about birds except basic, don't mess with them. Can someone educate me on the type of bird and what about this egg that has not hatched yet. I live in mid Georgia. We have tons of birds so I'm clueless. I did manage some photos with my iPhone.

They are Mourning Dove eggs. They take 2 weeks to incubate. You can learn more here.

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