I’m A Dad: Meet George and William!

I was pretty excited when a mourning dove (pigeon) laid two eggs in an abandoned flower pot outside my living room window a few weeks ago (on July 21, 2013).

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My friends Matt and Melissa watched from the couch as I stared out the window and named her Charlotte.

I so badly wanted to open the window, bring Charlotte and her two eggs inside and care for them like Amy in Fly Away Home.

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Side note: I did exactly that while I was growing up in Maine around the age of 10.

Anyway, over the course of a week, Charlotte’s little eggs hatched into two (weird looking) little mourning doves. I named them George and William.

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I was hoping they were going to be cute and friendly when they hatched like in Dr Suess’ “Are You My Mother?”. I was wrong.

I checked on them every morning and night for more than a week hoping to get a better (shot for Instagram) glimpse at their features, but Charlotte just kept sitting on them and sitting on them and sitting on them.

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It wasn’t until today, nearly 20 days later, that I finally got to witness both Charlotte and her man, who I didn’t even know existed, feed George and William (video).

Here were my immediate thoughts (in the order they occurred):

1. This is fucking cool! And kinda disgusting.
2. Why are they bobbling like that? And what are they eating?
3. Holy shit! There are two birds! I really hope my Instavideo is working.

As much as I want to somehow connect with them, I know its not a reality. Either way, it’s been fun and very cool to see an act of Mother Nature unfold right in front of my eyes. Plus, it makes for a fun story (and blog post)!

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