A couple weeks ago, we found a baby mourning dove shivering on our front lawn. Actually, our dog found it first, and licked it a few times as she loves to do with anything she finds. We looked around for any sign of its parents or nest. We ended up finding what looked like a broken nest and a recently deceased sibling.
Carefully, we buried the dead sibling, but we figured this little bird would have little chance of surviving without some help. Therefore we started searching for what we could do. While I haven’t found many birds in need of help in our area, for years as a kid we found injured birds in our neighborhood. At that time, we had a family friend who actually took in such birds and ran a little rescue out of her house, so we were always bringing them to her. I wasn’t sure if such a rescue existed anywhere close enough to us, but we ended up finding one further north of our house that fortunately accepted mourning doves. Our kids and I scrapped the rest of our morning plans and drove the little dove up to the rescue.
Our efforts seem to have made a difference; the rescue’s latest update on the little dove is that he is doing well and should be able to be released into the wild in a few weeks. Austin and Emma are thrilled they were able to also help save the baby dove.