New Life

by Stella T.
(Rcho Cucamonga,CA)

New Life

New Life

I was surprised to see the first doves nesting outside my front door. Some days they could both be seen by the nest and others only 1 dove was in the nest.


One of the doves was skittish and flew off as soon as I opened the front door which scared the daylights out of me at first.

I probably wouldn't have noticed the nest except that one day there was a small cracked bird egg on the front patio floor. That's when I looked up and saw the doves.

They picked a nice nesting area there because it is protected from wind and sun and can get rather warm since the front door area is facing west.

After the first baby dove flew off on its own, I still spotted it hanging around but I haven't seen it lately.

Currently, the doves are on their 2nd brood of 2 babies. Very Cute. I am attaching a picture of one of the parents and the 2 babies. I have to figure out a way to set up a feeding area for them.

I'll miss them if they leave since I say Good Morning and Good Night to them each day.

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Update on New Life

by Stella
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

The two babies are growing so fast!

I found a nice blue bird bath for my front planter area and decided to put a small running water bamboo feature in it since I read that Mourning Doves like running water.

I also put up a hanging bird feeder with a dove recipe feed for them. I think they like it because they seem to hanging out a little more than before!

Here are a couple of new pictures. I have a feeling the babies will be flying off soon, but maybe they will return to their new safe haven until they find a new one of their own.

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Sep 08, 2010
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So Cute!
by: Kelly & Sammy

Sammy and I love looking at the pictures and making birdie sounds as we talk about the baby doves at Auntie's house! We love it! xoxox

Sep 06, 2010
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Two babies
by: Carolyn

It's wonderful to see the two little ones beside their parent - what a great photo! Thank you so much for sharing; pictures truly add to the enjoyment for others. Thanks again!

Sep 06, 2010
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Doves
by: Marianne

Thanks for sharing your story. What a great picture with the two little ones peering over the edge. Doves are just wonderful and in your good hands they will thrive.

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A Dove Story

by AnnMarie
(Michigan)

Nesting in the Fake Basket

Nesting in the Fake Basket

We have lived in our house going on 11 years. Every Spring the Doves nest in one of my hanging pots just a few feet off my back porch. I call this a Dove story because before we owned the house my mother did, and the Doves came every year.

These Doves are not picky, I even make their basket for them (so they don't ruin my flowering ones) with a few leaves and branches from the yard.

They don't care, they still nest and usually twice from early spring to late June. We do enjoy watching them switch duties and then feed their chicks. They don't mind sharing our deck with us at all. Even our dog doesn't seem bothered by them...just part of his yard.

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May 27, 2010
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My Dove Story
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I was just researching because I have a white dove, or pigeon in my yard that has been there for about 4 days now, and I came across this. So, I figured I'd tell my story.

I'm not sure if it's a dove or a pigeon, but it's pretty good size, and it's completely white. We have been giving it chicken feed for now and it eats it. I'm starting to wander if it was someone's pet before because it's not scared of me.

Me, not knowing much about birds would think this and I was trying to research to see if wild ones were just as friendly. I can sit on the ground about and foot away from this bird and it will just look at me.

I put my hand out to where it was about 1-2 inches away and it just sat there. If you try anything else though, it will back away a little bit. I just don't know, and I found this very neat.

May 27, 2010
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great white dove story
by: Anonymous

Hi, wanted to share this. Last snow storm, I took from my windowsill a sacred dove. The bird had been living on the house for about a year and a half. It is closed banded. From taking her in until today where she flew from a neighbors house to my fingers...about 8 weeks. I had to teach it how to be peted. No problem now, she follows me everywhere. Happy to have a friend I think. I am a Christian, not totally lost on the symbolism. I just gave the bird..space. Only caged her for three days, the rest, just effort. It is very unique, and cool. People are just weirded out. I open the window, she goes for a flight, gets back up on the fridge, and sits on her second egg. LOL, life is neat.

Nov 15, 2008
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Mr and Mrs Dove
by: Anonymous

I have a very small covered Porch at my back door,
I noticed one day the cooing of (now I know)Mr Dove.

There he was sitting in my half circled wire plant basket, right at the back door, I watched every day and evening.

At first I thought it was the Mrs. Dove, and worried if she was hungry or thirsty, I soon found out by the Dove calling, They did the changing over.

I put seed out, and have water in a low rectangle plastic container, They raised one baby who comes in the garden all the time (doesn't go far away)now they are sitting for the second time, 3 eggs.

So it begins.
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Jul 21, 2008
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Watering the eggs
by: Anonymous

Watering the eggs will not cool them off too much. Just be careful and only trickle the water in. As long as I trickled the water in the Dove did not fly away. Good Luck, those chicks should hatch soon.

Jul 19, 2008
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Eggs in bridal viel
by: Anonymous

I also have a dove nesting in my bridal veil basket on front porch. I have watered it twice and she flew off but came back later. She doesn't move when I come near her. however, I first saw these eggs July 2nd. They still are not hatched far as I can tell. Wonder if she laid new ones after I watered. Will watering cool the eggs off too much??

Jun 05, 2008
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A Dove Story
by: Betty

After signing up for this subject, I am amazed at how domestic and friendly the Mourning Doves are!!! I knew House Wrens were people friendly but I had no idea how friendly Mourning Doves and maybe other doves are to people.

My Mourning Dove is now in her second setting in my hanging light fixture on my back porch and I am sure they have hatched. It was so much fun to watch the first two develope and fly away after being trained for four days by both parents. I will not destroy their nest. I will save it for future generations even though it means I cannot turn on my back porch lights.

Cool. so much can be learned from nature. My light fixture is not photo friendly so no great shots of her and him sitting on the nest. Too high for me to get a great photo. But, wonderful to see her sitting there in her little house and knowing she is raising a family.

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Our Spring Babies 2010

by Dan & Debbie Ventrola
(Perkasie, PA)

Mom & Babies a day before they left

Mom & Babies a day before they left

We had just planted flowers for the Spring/Summer season. On our porch we added a beautiful bright hanging plant to add to the color of the season.

Within two days of the plant being on our porch, we noticed the top was separated. We climbed up on a chair and took a look inside. Sure enough, a nest had been started. So, we let nature takes it's course.

Our babies were born on April 29, 2010. Every day we would check to see if the eggs hatched yet. Surprisingly enough, Mom & Dad Dove were not afraid of us at all. They let us approach the nest every day. We went in and out of our house. They had no problem with our dog barking, we even weeded and spread mulch and they didn't flinch.

Once the eggs hatched, it was awesome to watch. Before we looked up information on your website, we thought that one dove was with the nest all the time. It was really neat to learn that both parents are involved in the parenting. So, every day we watched them grow and watched their habits. It was a really cool experience.

The parents started leaving the babies alone for a few hours each day, a few days before they left the nest. We took a lot of pictures. I will attached a few with this story. The babies left the nest on May 14th.

My husband and I were hoping to be watching when they left, but they flew away while we were having dinner. We have seen them since. We have bird feeders in our backyard and they have come back to eat. Great experience.

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Jun 13, 2010
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Family on round 2
by: Chris Zimmer

This is a new experience for me, I have had Cardinals which is an amazing experience, right in a ficus plant on my patio.

But the dove thing started last year on on our boat dock, 1 baby fell from the high piling & mom went on having her new families.

I nursed this broken thing for 4 months he finally flew & he came home every night, 1 day I couldn't find him...I rescued this bird from drowning so many times..

After that I didn't want this experience anymore. Then, one day in early May, I found a nest on my patio sideboard table, right against my windows.

I knew the switch time, it was dusk, so I had hands on watching everything. When the other dove showed up my nester took off and I had a chance to peek in.

We are on our second family. Today makes day 14, the three eggs have not hatched yet.

I will keep posting, this family has let me move this plant so many times because of bad weather & we hang out, have parties etc & they don't move they trust us.

Posted pics of the table nest, but had to get rid of that on due to a party, they rebuilt in my plant. But look at my pics posted on the table!

Jun 11, 2010
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Glad to hear it
by: Val-Pittsburgh

We have had a dove sitting in our hanging basket all week. No matter what time of day or night or how much activity, there it sits. I was starting to fear it was hurt and found a safe place to hang out, so I'm glad to hear that this seems to be a normal thing. We have already watched a wren build a nest this spring and get her babies on their way. Hoping we'll see the same from the dove.

May 31, 2010
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How Awesome!
by: Jody

I have almost the exact experience! I have a hanging basket on my balcony, just outside my sliding door. It's pretty much eye-level, so neither the doves (or the humans) miss each other. Too, I could go out onto the balcony and take care of my other plants under their watchful eyes, but they didn't seem to mind. My babies just left the nest yesterday, however, this is the third or fourth year they've nested in the basket.

May 25, 2010
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Dove Family
by: Marianne

What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing. I have almost the same set up and the doves have returned over and over again to the same hanging basket... They are just wonderful and so much fun. Enjoy!!

May 25, 2010
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Our Spring Babies
by: Karen

Sweet, sweet, sweet! Thanks for sharing. Mourning doves are so gentle and beautiful!

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Dove Friendship

by Peggy C. Skinner
(Ontario, Canada)

Lovey Dovey's Return

Lovey Dovey's Return

A mourning dove fell from a nest in the maple in our backyard. The parents hung around but I thought I would set something up to protect him from predators.

I placed a patio umbrella in the far corner, near the nest and hung a plant pot, with lots of dirt in it, under the umbrella.

His parents could easily access him from where they sat on our fence yet no overhead predators could see him. I put seed and fresh water in the pot daily. I handled him and took many photos of his progress. The parents stayed and continued to bring him food as well.

After 2 weeks he was attempting to fly. I kept swooping him into the air but still low to the ground so he wouldn't hurt himself if he stumbled.

Eventually he started to fly about the yard. And each night I returned him to the pot. In the morning I would find him on the ground again. Needless to say my cats were not allowed in the backyard at this time. They were not amused at being housebound.

One day we went to the Toronto Zoo and when we returned late evening, he was gone, nowhere around. I searched everyday for him to no avail.

I was heartbroken, thinking a predator may have got a hold of him. I could only hope that he had gained the strength and ability to fly and stay safe. Each and everyday I went outside in hopes he had returned even though I knew it was foolish to believe a wild bird would come back.

About 2 weeks after he had disappeared. my husband was mowing the back lawn and called me outside. He said, "I think your dove is back". I had named him 'Lovey Dovey' and called him that each time I approached him. I spoke to him constantly during the time he was with me.

When I saw the dove on the fence, I called out, "Lovey Dovey, is that you?" He tilted his head toward my voice.

I couldn't believe it might be him. I sat on the grass and called again. He came over from the fence and sat on the grass a few feet from me. He continued to walk towards me slowly and then flew onto my shoulder and then into my lap.

He stayed and allowed me to pet him. After a visit of about 20 minutes he flew back to the fence and sat for awhile. I kept talking to him and eventually he turned and flew away as I called out my goodbyes.

It was the most amazing experience and had a profound effect on me. I took photos from when he was nothing but quills and fluff to when he came back to visit. The posted pic is of his return.

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Jun 24, 2010
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Princess
by: Lorraine

We've had a pair of mourning doves for three years now. In the three years we've had 7 little doves. They nest in our evergreen tree at the back steps.

It's wonderful to see the mom feed the little ones and get them to fly. During the day the little guys stay on the ground and hide up my peonies. You can walk right up to them. I talk to them a lot.

Mom comes every evening for her visit with me. I talk to her and always call her my Princess. She'll coo outside the kitchen window to let us know that she is there.

My husband always says your little friend is calling. I go out and talk to her and she hangs around for awhile then fly's away.

I look for her every spring. Her family is part of our family. They are wonderful birds.

Apr 20, 2010
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Your Moment
by: Bill

Great story! Savor the moment with God's wonderful creatures. He has given them to us for many reasons....one reason is to remind us of HIM.
Blessings.

Apr 19, 2010
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Wonderful Dove Story
by: Marianne

An amazing story. I had no idea that you could bond with these wonderful creatures. You are very very lucky and so is Lovey Dovey. God Bless you both.

Apr 19, 2010
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Lovey Dovey
by: Karen

What a neat story! I love the picture! Thanks for sharing!

Apr 19, 2010
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Lovey Dovey
by: Cindy

Wonderful, sweet story. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you!

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Dove Nesting; Spiritual Reassurance

by Catherine Lake
(Merced, CA)

Father overlooking mother on nest.

Father overlooking mother on nest.

Three years ago a pair of morning doves built their nest in our back yard arbor which is less than 6 feet from our kitchen sliding glass door. They raised their young. What amazed us is we have 3 small dogs and are very active, using the sliding glass door into the back yard continuously daily.

A pair of morning doves came back a few weeks ago to the very same spot on the arbor. The arbor is about 24 feet in length and they built in the exact same spot. We water with a sprinkler daily.

We have two very large elevated bird feeders on both ends of the back yard as well. Reading this article made us realize why they choose this spot. They have ample food and water sources available. They also are high off the ground.

We surely did think the mother was sitting relentlessly on her eggs and now babies. It seemed improbable, but never crossed our minds that the male was switching out as the "sitter".

We truly enjoyed this article. I have been fascinated with these doves both times they Graced us with their nesting. We feel it is a Spiritual sign, a reassurance from the Great One that patience, perseverance, and endurance will bring our goal to fruition.

Our most sincere thanks for the article.

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