Our Visitors, we call HOPE and HERCULES

by Karen
(Roseivlle, cA USA)

Hope....sitting on her nest.

Hope....sitting on her nest.

Last weekend I was watering our hanging basket right outside our bedroom. I had planted seedlings just 2 weeks prior, carefully nurturing them. As I reached over, something fluttered and flew just inches from my head. To my amazement. it was a beautiful mourning dove!


I carefully peered into the basket and saw 2 eggs! I prayed she would return before the eggs got cold. I quickly went inside the house. Within minutes she returned and has been nesting there since.

I do not water the flowers, but carefully moisten the underside, which is made of coconut shavings. It seems to be working. The plants are still green!

I have named her HOPE and her mate Hercules. They take turns sitting on the eggs. My husband and feel blessed to get a glimpse of nature just inches from our window! The soothing song of the birds at the beginning of the day reminds us of the many blessings we have.

We named her HOPE because of the peaceful way she cares for her family and the stability she brings. She is always there. The future looks good for her brood. She does all the right things.

HERCULES reminds me of a strong protector. He sits atop the roof and watches his mate, as to ward off unwanted guests. I've noticed not even the bluejays come by anymore. He is their protector.

All is well in our backyard world.

I will update you when the eggs hatch.

Karen
Roseville, CA USA

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