Baby Birds Born In Hanging Pot Plant

by Daniel
(Sacramento CA)

baby mourning doves - 7 days old

baby mourning doves - 7 days old

A few weeks ago while cleaning up my back patio and watering some plants, I came across a mourning dove's nest that had appeared inside one of my hanging pots.


I almost watered the nest but not before I discovered two tiny white eggs laying there. At first I was not sure what to do so I called over my mom and brother so they could also see the nest.

Afterwards I took it upon myself to learn what kind of bird had nested in my back patio. I found out a lot of information about the behavior and living style of these incredible animals that made there home in one of my hanging pot plants.

So over the few days reading article after article about these birds trying to find the best way to take care of these birds I decided the best way to do so was to keep a watch out on the nest, limit my time on the patio so the family could develop in a natural way.

One of the greater challenges was making sure the neighbors cats would not terrorized the poor little creatures. Since I live in a apartment complex surrounded by cat & dog owners I had to make sure that the nest was safely guarded.

I went and bought a spray bottle and just kept watch from the windows, it's the only thing I could do.

After about a week & half since discovering the nest the eggs hatched into two cute little birds. I discovered this while chasing away a cat from my patio. I went and checked the nest to make sure everything was alright since the dad bird was chased away by the cat.

There sat two little baby birds, I have never been this close to something like this. I knew I had to keep more watch over the nest now that they have hatched but again I could only watch the nest and make sure no dangers were sneaking around.

Then a few rainy days came along and it was sad watching the family of birds who were perched on my back patio get wet, but the dad bird covered the little ones making sure that he was the only one to get wet not the little ones. I sat there smiling as I watched this incredible sight unfold.

I woke up today( June 30 2011) to find out the whole family flew off to start there second part of parenting.

Something I actually wanted to see for myself but missed. I'm saddened by the fact that the little bird family that I have kept watch over for these past 3 or 4 weeks had finally left my back patio.

They became quit popular around my little apartment where the neighbors little one's would stop by an ask if they could see the nest themselves.

So I'm not the only one saddened by the leaving of them even my friends on facebook have some what of a sad face on about this since I was sharing picture's I had taken of the development of the nest.

We all learned a lot from this event that I never knew about mourning doves before. I'm glad to see that the family of birds that called my hanging pot plant in my back a patio home for almost a month are now out there living their little lives.

I plus many others got to witness this feat of nature that took place.

I hope they come back next year.

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May 08, 2013
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Morning doves
by: Anonymous

My hanging basket hanging too high for me to see if there are eggs in the basket. I believe there are, because the birds sit in the basket all day as if they are nesting, so how long will it take for the eggs to hatch and if I take the basket down to see if there are eggs will I be attacked by the mom or dad. I know nothing about birds.

Jul 01, 2011
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Guardian
by: Marian

Your story was not only charming, but I loved how you were truly the guardian of this family! They carry your love with them into this world!

Jul 01, 2011
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taking care of your plants while nesting
by: Anonymous

I also live in an apartment complex, but on the 3rd floor. I have a window box planter hanging off my balcony where a mourning dove has nested and just laid her 1st egg.

It was great this morning as I woke up, I looked out my window to find both the female and male perched on the balcony.

My question to you is this, how do I take care of the plants that the birds have nested in. I think it's great that they have chosen my balcony as a place to nest, but I have also invested money and time to make my flowers look nice.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Jul 01, 2011
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Sweet
by: Phyllis

Lovely story--happy that you had the wonderful experience of nature to marvel at. I still remember the family of doves that took up residence on a fire escape across from my apartment.

Jul 01, 2011
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Baby Mourning Doves
by: Karen

I found this website a few years ago when I discovered a mourning dove nest in our pine tree. I didn't know anything about them, either. I was amazed at how quickly they grew! Since that time, wild birds have become quite the obsession with me and I am a frequent flyer of this site (no pun intended haha). Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

Jul 01, 2011
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Mourning Doves
by: Marianne

What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing. I love mourning doves and I have a hanging planter just like yours. They come back over and over again once they find a place they like. It is wonderful to have them in the neighborhood after they leave the nest. Watch for them - they are there. Best wishes to you and you new family.

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