A mommy bird has found a perfect, yet unexpected place to have her babies – a Pearland Police Department car, Unit 187.
According to the PPD Facebook page,
The Pearland Police Department discovered that a mother Mourning Dove had taken up residence on PPD Unit 187. She sits atop of her eggs and is patiently waiting for them to hatch.
The average gestation period for incubation takes approximately two weeks. The hatched young, called a squab, is usually helpless at hatching. Both parents feed the squab’s dove’s milk for the first 3–4 days of life. Fledging takes place in about 11–15 days, before the squabs are fully grown but after they are capable of digesting adult food. They stay nearby to be fed by their father for up to two weeks after fledging.
The Pearland Police Department will be also patiently waiting for mamma bird to have her eggs hatch and the little ones to fly the coop. We expect them to hatch in another week or so, tune in right here for updates on mother bird and soon to be little ones.
City of Pearland Ord:
Sec. 6-14. – Bird sanctuary; shooting, catching birds prohibited.
The city is hereby declared to be a bird sanctuary, and the director of transportation is hereby authorized to erect appropriate signs and other markers, at highway entrances to the city and at other places, to evidence the same.
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or attempt to shoot or kill with any firearm, air rifle, bow and arrow, slingshot or other apparatus, or to trap, ensnare or otherwise catch any wild bird, regardless of age, within the city.
(Ord. No. 528-8, § 1, 11-11-13)
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