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94 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
The Wild Dove in Texas and Its Nest
June, July and August are the
main nest building and breeding
times of the wild dove of Texas,
but they breed up to September,
and the writer as well as local
hunters often have encountered
the nest of wild doves either
with eggs or young doves in them
during the entire month of October.
The main breeding time, however,
is about over at the end of August.
oak trees and the cedar and
other forest trees give them protec-
tion to build their nests, and it
makes a fascinating impression
to wander through some jIost
oak forest during the ,breeding
time of our wild dove and listen
to their melodious cooing.
The nest of these doves is about
the plainest affair of nest-building
of any blird species. (See the
TEXaS )( E ET .-x E t;r, c (x Ct
During their 1)reeding time in
the remote prairie plains and large
pastures throughout Texas, they
generally select a tree in the
neighborhood of a tank; and in
the thickest of hilly regions covered
with mesquite, oak or hackberry
trees, large numbers of dove-
breeding nests can be encountered
and always with preference on
some mesquite tree, and in forest
and mountainous regions, the high
nven LiIB , IN 1 \ 13 r IV Hu1! sII
fine ph1)ot(l( hlerein with ,,sts and
eggs--espeially p r epare'd! f',or these
p)age's. T hei -IIimpl t her a
few lrv ia (Nr woo ( 0 palrti-
Ile s and ( l e ()s it t I1 e
eggs in normal: size ('esl)(ially
preparedd foi) this IilIll issue. "Illtey
simpl y tl(at' 21 a few (l'V grass or
wood p1lii(les and0l tlteposit 1ht1
01n s on le (' lll (' mI e re )I'llCh.
Tl(heV gelerallv select a fork or
bifuircatioi of a tree or a slightly
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