So the wife and I just returned from a trip up North. We were gone nine days. Got home about 8:30 last night (Monday night). Turned on the lights, opened the curtains to the balcony. When I opened the curtains, a pigeon on the balcony freaked out and fled. That’s odd, I thought. What’s a pigeon doing out there this time of night? Then I saw that a nest had been built inside an empty flower pot, and there in the middle of it were two eggs! We never did see the parent return last night, but peeking out this morning, we saw it back in the nest.
A couple of pigeons have been scoping out our balcony for some time now. I guess with us being gone for nine days, they thought we’d left for good. But the wife’s sister stopped by twice to water the plants on the balcony, and she didn’t report anything when the wife talked to her on the phone this past weekend.
The Wikipedia entry on rock pigeons – which I guess these are; don’t see anything on just “pigeons” – says it takes 17-19 days for the eggs to hatch, then 30 days for the nestlings to grow big enough to leave. Two eggs, just like it says, and they look exactly like the one in the Gallery photo toward the bottom of the entry.
It’s after 10am Tuesday now, and I just opened the curtains REAL slowly and while standing far back (the cord is long). The parent – Wikipedia says mother and father both take turns on the eggs – stayed in place. The flower pot is right by the window; the windows are floor to ceiling by the balcony, so we have a good view of the nest. But the parent is looking at me awfully nervously. I’m trying not to go too near the window.
Looks like we’ll have some little visitors with us for a while.
Too bad the pigeons crap all over the balcony.
Ah, now another pigeon has joined the parent that’s in the nest since I’ve been typing this. They look alike and like the photo in the Wikipedia entry. One of the pigeons scoping us out earlier was white and speckled; I thought that would be one of the parents, but I guess not.