premature laying?

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Subject: premature laying?
From: Elizabeth Compston <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:52:03 +1100

At Diddam's Close today, we noticed a crested pigeon, flying in and out of a tree, taking nesting material in, picked up from the ground. We watched it and found the nest, very well hidden. But more surprising was the fact that a pigeon was already sitting on the nest. We could only see the tail, not the head. We wondered whether she was rearranging the grasses/small twigs as her mate brought them in. He did not stay long enough to do any twig rearranging himself

Did she have to lay her eggs in a hurry without having time to finish off the nest first? The partner continued to pick up grasses from the ground. It went back and forth to the nest, frequently, for over 30 minutes, without a break


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