Mourning Doves Nest

A pair of Mourning Doves were busy nesting in the back yard this morning. The pair worked tirelessly and quickly to haul large branches and branches loaded with leaves to their perch in a tree at the side of our apartment building. One bird stayed in the nest to arrange and rearrange delivered material, while the other acted as the delivery man.

Here are some highlights from their endeavor, including a couple of fly-in and fly-outs.


Checking out the material



Patiently waiting for the next delivery



Out to get more branches and (below) back to the nest and back out!




Images Credit:
From the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Cee-Cee’s Bench

On warm days, Cee-Cee and I like to sit on this white iron bench and pass the time away. It’s a special place for us.

Cee-Cee's Bench sits beside the Maumee River in our backyard

Cee-Cee’s Bench sits beside the Maumee River in our backyard

But, let’s allow Cee-Cee to tell the story of her Bench.


“Mom, my Bench has a ghost behind it. Be careful!”

“No, Sweetie Pie, that’s my shadow as I take this picture for you.”

“Oh, okay, then.”


“In the Fall, my Bench has leaves on it.”


“But it’s still my Bench, and I guard it.”


“Don’t even think about getting on my Bench.”


“Yep. It’s my Bench. All day long.”


“Hey! I mean it! It’s mine!”


“Oh, yeah, I guard it from behind, too. Mine.”


“And from the front. It’s mine.”


“And from the side. Mine. Don’t touch.”


“I love my Ben…nnn…ccchhh!”


“Whew. A girl gets a little tired guarding her Bench all day.”


“Even a little sleepy in this warm Autumn air…


Who’s there!?”


“Mom! It’s the ghost again. He wants my Bench!”

“No, Darlin’ Dumpling, it’s just me taking another picture.”

“Oh. Right. Okay.”


“I think it’s nap time…


But I’ll always be ready to guard my Bench. No touching!”


“Mom, let’s do a selfus. I love you and I love our Bench.”


“Yup. Ours, Mom. You and me and Bench.”

The lawn's been mowed and leaves cleared and Bench is ready for Winter, the new guarding season.

The lawn’s been mowed and leaves cleared and Bench is ready for Winter, the new guarding season.


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