By my totally unscientific calculations, our chicks are probably about 6 days old. This is the first opportunity I've had to safely confirm that they had hatched - the one on the left is facing me the one on the right is facing away. We arrived home from running a few errands and as I came up the front walk I realized the nest was void of an adult dove. It was evening switch over time and the combination of this stage of the chicks' development and the very warm weather means mama and papa might occasionally leave them alone for a few minutes. I seized the opportunity, popped my camera out my purse and took this shot before mama flew in and hovered in the tree next to the veranda. I quickly put the planter and it's precious cargo back on the hook and went inside the house.
A scant couple of minutes later mama was back on the nest and giving me a steely glance that only a parent can give.
So far this is their 4th nesting and second pair of chicks this year. Stay tuned.