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96 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
its owin nest of a few dried grass
helmets or leaves of the mesquite
tree, and the photo of one such
nest with two young doves about
ready to escape the nest, illustrates
this plainly. Shortly after these
observations I related these facts
to an experienced hunter and
close observer of nature objects,
and he tells me the same experience
that they breedI several times
during the su imier season, and
this explains the immense numiu ers
during tile fall andt winter time
when the young and older birds
migrate to all directions over the
country and locate in some field
or pasture to atlher their food.
Tihe vyoung Iirds, those not able
to fly from their breedin" nest,
.1 I' IR F 1 O; a1)r \j F : ,i, I I I. n
SFrom Nat re, 1\ the \V-rifer I
and that he noticed the female
dove building its own nest inside
some old abandoned bird nest.
Such double nests of course give-
the breeding dove more shelter
From the large nunlers of wild
doves throughout the prairie plains
during the long term of their
breeding time, it is very plausible
often su U('( llI) (ullling store ) ll wV(t-
ther, or I)eilng oldestt rovedl by wild
animals llal \anilals anl snakes,
and oc(aslolnailly, near farlns, by
the house cat. \\lien very y oung
the wild love resembles closely
the small variety, the s-c(alled
Mexican doii e or turtle (love,
though they are not quite as
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