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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Mama dove still on the nest

March 09, 2009 at 12:18 PM

The winds that felled power lines, trees and many other structures over the weekend couldn’t dislodge Mama Collared Dove from her nest in my backyard.

And after briefly pondering whether or not to root for this Eurasian Collared Dove—an invasive species spreading rapidly through Illinois—I am now an unabashed fan.

No wonder these birds are doing well. They built a solid nest—at least by dove standards—in the safest part of our maple tree. And that Mama Dove did not leave the nest once while the wind whistled.

I’m finding it impossible to root against that kind of devotion and smarts.

So the next post I hope to post soon will be of young collared doves. I’m betting that should happen soon. And I’m betting the little birds stand a good chance of surviving. To make it through last weekend’s winds they are already survivors.


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