So, a few weeks ago, I made a comment about the extremely loud, omnipresent mourning doves in our backyard on Facebook:
Well, the joke's on me. One of the pairs has chosen our deck to build a nest. We have a utility shelf out there where we keep assorted bottles of chemicals, lawn supplies, and random things we don't have another space for. Well, they have appropriated the top shelf, back left corner to raise their family. We first noticed them over the weekend, when I was sitting out on the deck, and one whizzed by my head.
I can kind of spy on them from my bathroom window, if I lift the shade and peep out of the very top of the window. I can definitely spy on them from my deck, although just enough to see that one of them is on the nest.
Male and Female doves look the same - I mean, maybe there are tiny differences that they, and true ornithologists can spot, but as a backyard birder, I can't tell the way I could between a male and female cardinal. But a little Google research and I found this in an article from the San Jose Mercury: