Sunday, January 18, 2015
Two chicks of the common ground dove, Columbigallina passerina, in an orchid growing in a hanging basket
In 2012 I was away from my garden for a few weeks. When I went to check the shadehouse I saw a common ground dove fleeing in panic from inside the shade house. I didn't gave any thought to it. But as I was checking my plants I discovered two dove chicks on the pot of a nobile dendrobium. The chicks remained utterly still as I moved around the pot. They were in a shallow nest made out of a few pieces of Tillandsia usneoides. I severely limited my visits to the shadehouse so that the mother would not abandon the chicks. The chicks fledged in less than two weeks after I took this photo. The orchid sustained no harm from having served as a nest.