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Mourning Dove scared from nest with single egg - will she return - will baby make it? (1 Viewer)


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I scared a nesting morning dove from her nest this evening after dark. She has one egg in the nest and it was not there yesterday evening so I know it's 24 hours or less since it was laid.
Will the mother return tonight since it's dark?
Can she see in the dark to return?
Do you think the egg will survive without mom sitting tonight? (Temps are getting down to 57f overnight.)
I have read that some eggs do not start actully incubation until both eggs are laid, but she has not left the nest since yesterday evening so I am not sure if she will lay another egg.
I hope she will return!
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It is best to leave nests well alone. Don’t go looking in them as that will put birds off.

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