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The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sounds like a gloomy place, but public affairs officer Judy Holtz recently chirped from her perch there via notes attached to alerts on upcoming electronic mailing list reports. The subject? A mourning dove’s nest in a hanging flowerpot located on her back porch. Holtz riveted readers with updates on soon-to-be-hatched eggs, sharing concerns about squirrels and offering hatching advice to the new mom. “We (the bird and I) have just completed two weeks and I am still pacing and talking to her through the screen door,” she wrote in the June 6 update. Holtz finally saw a baby dove “preening itself” on June 9, but the family took flight on June 11, ending the delightful mourning updates. “I have to admit I am a little sad because [the doves] are gone,” she concluded. Teary-eyed electronic mailing list subscribers eagerly await a sequel. —Mary Guiden