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Wild Bird Watching, Issue #008 -- Hummingbird Nest Cam
May 01, 2011

Hello

Well it's been awhile but I think the wait may be worth it.

Live Dove Cam

I've just got a Live Streaming Dove Cam up and running!

Once again I'm using Ustream.tv because it's a free service. Yes, you do have to endure one video ad each time you show up and there is an ad at the bottom of the screen.

A small price to pay since it can run several hundred dollars a month without advertising.

The Doves have been nesting for a week so there isn't much time before the squabs come into the world. After about 12 - 14 days they'll leave.

You can watch and chat if you like here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wild-bird-watching.com

The Dove Cam Story

I placed an empty hanging planter in the ceiling of my backyard gate entrance. Specifically to attract Doves to nest.

The planter I chose still had soil from last year inside, perfect.

You see, after reading many visitor stories about Doves nesting in hanging planters on the wild-bird-watching.com website. I decided to give it a shot.

As I said, I placed an empty hanging planter in the ceiling of my backyard gate entrance. With the soil already inside I placed a handful of needles from a White Pine tree.

I chose these particular pine needles because they're softer and will not hold moisture which allows for better drainage should the nest get wet. Most pine needles are too sharp and stiff. Got to take care of those doves.

In just about a week I saw a dove in the hanging basket. It worked!

Folks, I don't know if I'm on to something here or just got lucky but why not give it a try yourself. Try hanging an empty hanging planter with some soil within a couple of inches from the top, add some pine needles for a nest and then decide where to hang it all.

Placement will probably be the toughess part. Most stories I read found doves in planters that had some kind of roof over them. Examples would be porches, wide roof overhangs of houses and garages, or covered decks.

I don't have any of those but I did have this peaked roof over my gate that I've hung plants before. Time of year may or may not matter. Remember, Doves can raise up to 4 broods a year so you probably have plenty of time.

Until next time, Happy Birding,

Gene Planker

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