Doves Decorating Patio Entertaining Grandchildren

by Gary Blaylock
(San Diego, CA)

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New deeper


A little over a year ago we noticed a pair "checking out" a little nook in our patio, on top of a 4X6.

Soon they were busy building a nest. It seemed that the more they worked, the more nest material just fell of the narrow platform.

But, they kept bringing in new material or flying down to retrieve fallen twigs, etc.

We guessed that they must have just given up, because they suddenly disappeared, leaving a couple of twigs on the ledge and a big pile on our patio floor.

I thought, just in case they or another pair decide to come back to the area, I would make it a little easier to build a secure nest.

I found one of our old wicker trays used to hold paper plates. I anchored it to the top of the 4X6, in the same place where they worked so diligently.

Sure enough, a few days later, they were back. I just happened to be watching when they arrived. They climbed in and out of the tray nd "sniffed" all around it.

They must have figured it was safe, because within a few hours they were busy, again, building a nest in their new enlarged home.

They've returned to the same nest several times and have raised at least 4 - 5 broods since I built their nesting shelf.

Our granddaughters are fascinated when they visit. They'll sit forever in our patio watching the "daddy" sit on the nest.

And, of course, are delighted when the eggs hatch and they can get a look at the new babies.

The pair don't seem to mind our birdwatching and will get off the nest while we are watching. As though they wanted to "show off" their brood.

I thought this behavior was very odd since they are usually so fearful and startle so easily.

Perhaps they have sensed that they are safe, protected and cherished in our little "Dove Patio"

UPDATE



I finally got a picture of "Dad" sitting on the nest. He didn't seem to mind at all, even when the flash went off.

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May 27, 2014
nesting bird
by: debbie

I was never a bird watcher but one day I had put out a few hanging baskets of flowers and the next day I have a dove sitting on a nest in my biggest basket. I have to say it is great to just sit and watch the bird. He or she now thinks they own my porch. How wonderful!

May 22, 2014
Dove Nest Gone
by: DARREN N CHERI

We have doves living under our eves. Yesterday we walked outside and a dove is standing on our porch!

He or she stood there all night! We were not sure what was wrong and still do not know.

All we do know is in the morning we came out and the dove was up where the nest used to be but the nest was gone! And no mate either. Just one dove.

There was no debris or sticks on the ground below. Anyone know what this could be?

I told my wife they got a divorce and she took the house. Any other ideas?

May 13, 2013
Nest in a planter
by: yana

Our doves built a nest in a planter with mint on our balcony. Tonight I scared her and she flewu off, leaving one egg in the nest.

It's been 3 hours since she left. It is a cold and windy night. Any chance for her to come back,how long can the egg be exposed?

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Dove in Pecan Tree

by Ann
(Houston, Texas)

Nesting Dove

Nesting Dove

I have an upstairs art studio where I often work in a corner of two sliding glass doors.

My dove is nesting literally just an arm's length from there ... Everyday I pull open my curtains & she doesn't seem to mind me working at her side.

One day as I was working, a squirrel sat right next to her & ate a whole pecan & she didn't even notice him until he left!

She is nesting in a pecan tree here in Houston & there is not a leaf on the tree & she is only blocked from the west wind.

I now know where the expression ... "tough as a bird" came from. We have had severe weather here this past week or so & she &( I now understand her mate) have sat diligently on their nest.

She seems to be OK with my husband & I looking at her & I've taken some snaps of her I'll share with you.

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Apr 22, 2014
Easter Egg
by: JB

I have one (or two) nesting on the railing of my deck, just outside the door. Was so cute she laid her egg Easter morning so we have an Easter Egg!

Shes so sweet and pretty but I've worried about her not eating. I put some polenta quinoa flax and chia out and some water. But couldn't tell if shes touched it.

I talk to her. She listens and seems calm around me. I'm grateful for the posts and sites here on the web as many of my questions and concerns have been answered.

Thanks to other thoughtful people.

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Picture of nesting mourning dove

by Christina
(Arlington, VA)

My New Friend

My New Friend

I have had a Mourning Dove nesting in my flower box for a week. I put food and water out. It let's me get pretty close to it.

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Lovey's Nest On Gazebo

by Lorna
(Fort Worth, TX, USA)

Lovey On The Nest

Lovey On The Nest

One day in very late March, I was out on the deck and noticed that some brush had blown up and gotten stuck in the cross pieces of the gazebo.

The next day my husband told me to kneel at the window and look up....and silly me! It wasn't brush that got stuck in the roof, it was a dove nest and there was a beautiful dove sitting on it!

We named her Lovey, but then we read this webpage and found that it is probably not the female sitting atop the nest during the day hours. But whatever. We still call him/her Lovey.

He doesn't seem to mind that we are out and about the deck or back yard.

We have a veggie garden that we have to tend every evening, so we are walking about and watering...but he/she doesn't bat an eye.

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Doves Nesting On Patio Ceiling Fan

by Loli
(Wellington, Fl., USA)

Ceiling Fan Dove

Ceiling Fan Dove

We live in Florida. Our back patio and yard face a small pond.

Wildlife are always plentiful by the pond, especially mornings. We regularly see Herons, egrets, snake birds, black birds, a red cardinal and once in a while, an eagle perches atop a pine tree at the pond edge.

However, recently we noticed a mourning dove coming and going in the back yard. (casing the area?) Soon afterwards another appeared, apparently its mate.

Then, lo and behold, they began building a nest atop the unused ceiling fan on our patio. The reason this was possible is that the last 3 hurricanes blew out our patio screens.

After the last one we quit replacing them. This enabled these birds to come and go.

I am amazed though, since we also come and go on the patio, taking our 3 shelties out, or eating at the patio table which is directly under the ceiling fan.

I am amazed the bird feels so safe up there. We smile each time we look up now.


Update On The Ceiling Fan Doves

The Dovelings Have Arrived

My husband and I went away on vacation. Before we left the mom & pop doves were still coming and going, but no sign of birth. We did however, once see them both take away a half shell...so we wondered if one of the eggs was a dudd, since there were still no hatchlings.

Then...we got back from vacation, and checked the patio and lo and behold, the miracle of birth occurred while we were away. Two adorable hatchlings are now part of our family of doves.

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Dove on Garage Door Opener.

by Karen
(Lewisville, TX)

LoveyDovey

LoveyDovey

LoveyDovey built her nest about 2 weeks ago on our door opener. We are pretty sure her mate (found a dead dove in the yard) was killed in a hail storm or by the neighbor cat.

We have provided water and wild bird seed for her but not sure if she is eating it. I will post an update and more pictures of the fledglings when they pop up!!

Update


LoveyDovey's Babies

After weeks of worry we finally got a peek at the babies yesterday when mama left the nest. She was gone quite a long time so more worry if she was able to come back, well not only did mama return but long lost papa was with her.

I have a feeling unbeknownst to us they were switching all along. We were relieved to see her mate was not the dead bird we found in the yard.

I am guessing they are about 8 days old. A week ago we saw white egg shell pieces in the driveway along with some Hawk droppings so then we worried the nest had been attacked, but she stuck to her business and you can see the results!!

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Dove on Garage Door Opener.



May 24, 2008
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That's an adorable story
by: Jessica

im soooo glad daddy wasn't killed, and that the nest hadn't been attacked. Good for them!
Apr 16, 2008
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by: Judy

Best Wishes on your New Arrivals to be!!!
Apr 15, 2008
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5 star hello from Ginger
by: Ginger

Hello,

Didn't know you were a bird watcher! Hope everything goes okay. Ginger

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Dove Nesting On Ladder.

by Lee
(Texas)

Dove on a ladder

Dove on a ladder

One day I went out into the backyard to find a bunch of twigs and sticks on my ladder.

At first I thought it was kind of funny but figured what the heck. We'll see what happens.

A couple days later I come home late from work to find all the twigs on the ground but an egg sitting on the paint shelf of the ladder.

I picked up all the sticks and kind of placed them back around the egg quickly and left.

Next morning we have a dove sitting on the egg. The ladder is right in front of a window and I have been able to open the shades to get photos.

The birds don't seem to mind to much. I take a quick photo and close the blind.

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Front Door Nest

by Chris
(Islip, NY)

Dove Nesting

Dove Nesting

A pair of doves built a nest on the wreath which was hanging on our front door. We were not able to use our front door for weeks, while we waited.

They were pretty calm when the eggs were in the nest and we could walk up on the stoop for a closer look, but once the babies hatched they were quite nervous.

We had to put a baracade around the stoop so no one would come knocking at our front door and scare them.

Fortunately we could see the nest from a window in our house so we were able to watch the whole process.

The babies finally flew the nest early one morning and as luck would have it, I was awake and checking on them and got to see the babies' first flight.

We took the wreath away but they came looking for it the next year but settled on one of our window boxes.

In my new house I have what I've been told is called a dove cote attached to the side of the house.

It's beautiful and I'm hoping to attract a family of doves in the spring.

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Baker Rack Dove Nest

by Ernie Munshower
(Spring, Texas)

We were working in our front garden area and found mulch on a Bakers rack on the front patio.

We threw it into the garden and did not think much more of it until the next day when we found the "mulch" back with an egg in it.

The attached photographs are the result of the "mulch".

Ernie Munshower

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Doves Under Lid of Propane Tank

by Katie Allen
(Colfax, Indiana)

My 3 year old daughter and I were outside when I decided to check the gauge on the propane tank, knowing we would need it filled soon. When we opened the lid we were surprised to find two eggs in a nest.

A few days later we went back to check on them and there were four, and as I suspected we were also low on gas. When I went to the gas company to have them refill I asked if they could try not to bother the nest.

The lady laughed at me and said she would write in on the order but the person refilling it would probably laugh too. She said that it happens "all the time."

Two days later the guy showed up to fill the tank. He told me to leave the lid open and in a few days come and knock the nest out.

I said "sure" and as soon as he pulled out of the driveway I put the lid back down. I was afraid the dove would abandon the nest after that. However, they've been coming back to the nest.

My daughter and I eagerly awaiting the babies to hatch. We have been doing our research on mourning doves and have since discovered a robin's nest we check on as well.

It's wonderful that she is so excited to learn about the mourning doves (and Robins) and their life cycle.

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Doves on TOP of small finch house

by Edie Goodban
(Redding, Ca, US)

one parent on top of babies--day before they fledged

one parent on top of babies--day before they fledged

We hung out a small birdhouse for house finches. It has a peaked roof and is hung up against a porch pillar. A pair of mourning doves decided to use the roof to build a nest. They had twigs sticking out into space, but persisted!

The nest was completed and the birds began setting on it. The location is right outside our bedroom sliding door, and they can see us and we can watch them. My husband can even water the patio plants by moving slowly and carefully, and avoiding looking directly at them.

Finally the eggs hatched. We could barely stand to watch as the babies hung onto the little nest, sometimes getting their balance by flapping a little wing. It was nerve wracking, more for us than for them!

In a couple weeks the fledgings took off, after having survived the crowded nest on the little birdhouse roof. (photo of one parent and babies attached)

We wanted to remove the birdhouse before they started again, but in only one day mom and dad were repairing the nest and starting another batch! I guess we'll just hold our breath and hope no one falls out this time. They are wonderful to watch, though, and we are hoping for another successful brood.

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Dove Nest on Hanging Ladder

by Aubrey Huggins
(Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

Mourning Dove on a ladder

Mourning Dove on a ladder

While cutting my grass the other day I heard a sound and saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a bird nest build in/on a ladder that was hanging from a neighbors shed.

I got my own ladder and soon discovered 2 white eggs in a flimsy built nest. My wife and I took many photos of the eggs and were glad to see on the pair of doves return and one to sit on the eggs. The other was on a wire not far away.

We took many photo's of the one dove sitting on the eggs.

Today the contractors were here to put new shingles on our roof. The sitting dove did not leave the nest all day while they were here/.

They finally left for a little while when the noise from the shinglers stopped.

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Gertrude, (Gertie) the Downspout Dove

by Marjorie L Martin
(West Allis, WI, USA)

Dove Nest on Downspout

Dove Nest on Downspout

Dove Nest on Downspout Dove on The Nest Close Up of Downspout Dove

When the weather warmed up, I noticed small branches at the entrance to my front door. Thinking the wind had blown them there, I would sweep them up and not give it another thought. However, one day I looked up at my gutter downspout and there was a nesting bird.

At first I thought she was too close to my front door and I should have her removed...After considering for a moment, I decided to leave her alone to continue her nesting process. (I now use my garage door exclusively) so that I won't bother her or frighten her away.

I went online and found that she is a "Mourning Dove". I have asked my friends to call before they come over so that I can let them in through my garage door.

I call her Gertrude, Gertie for short. I will leave her alone until her nest is empty; then, I will have my Condo Association remove the nest and install flashing to keep the area bird free.

However, I am really enjoying watching her process. She is beautiful, very quiet and even if I open the door to view her, she seems just fine with that.

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Aug 15, 2013
All year nesting
by: Anonymous

My husband died in February of this year. Outside his door was a shrub, in March a pair of mourning doves set up.

I have lived here 15 years, and its never happened before. I have tried to wait for them to finish nesting. Here it is in the middle of August, they are still nesting. What gives?

That 3 foot shrub, has turned into a 12 foot shrub, I can't get into my carport. What do I do? I live in Tennessee

Jan 30, 2013
Spider Plant Ddove
by: Christine

I went to water my spider plant that is on my patio and a dove flew out. Upon inspection I noted that there were 2 eggs in a nest in the center of the plant.

I have been allowing her to continue to nest with as little outside attention as possible. She does allow me to approach her nest as long as my hands are out of sight. I have been taking pictures of her daily, and she seems to be ok with that.

However my spider plant is looking rather limp now. If I water the plant, will the water alter the temperature of the nest? I don't want to do anything to endanger the eggs.

We live in West Central Florida and our weather is still warm. Do you have any suggestions?

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Dove Nesting in Unusual Area

by Jessica
(Naples, Florida, U.S.A)

Dove Nesting In Hanging Light On Porch

Dove Nesting In Hanging Light On Porch

Well I'm 15, pretty much a youngin' and not very aware of how bird watching works. I have a lamp that hangs outside my front porch from the ceiling roof on my house.

A Mourning Dove chose the top of this land for nesting. A weird but very wise choice. By wise I mean; covered and protected from weather, and also surrounded by a family of humans that wishes to due her no harm.

I think she realizes that now. Im very surprised by how calm she is by us. Her nest is about 5ft. from my front door, and there's a lot of us walking in and out several times throughout the day coming within 2 ft of her sometimes and she remains.

I think she is no longer frightened by us at all anymore. She's been around for about a week now.

The first night i saw her nesting, when she saw me she flew away. I felt very bad. I thought she'd abandoned her nest.

The next morning when she still wasnt there I felt even worse, BUT when I arrived back from school that afternoon there she was, and she hasnt left or been startled off again since then.

I think shes going to be laying eggs soon. When she does and the babies come, I will send some more pictures.

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May 25, 2008
Dove Nesting in Unusual Area
by: Betty

Jessica, I, too, was very concerned about my baby doves nesting in my hanging light fixture on my back porch. I have a cat, three small dogs, and I was so concerned that they might catch the babies when they started to fly.

But, that did not happen. One morning early I heard unusual strange noises coming from the nest just outside my bedroom. When I got up, the baby birds had gone but not far, they were in my garden in the rose bushes where they stayed for the next four days. Their parents stayed with them helping them to gain their wings. We got to see them as they flew short distances and finally flew off when the Mother went back to her nest to lay her next clutch. It was a wonderful experience. I hope your light fixture is safe for them to hatch but it looks as if it is. Again, good luck and enjoy.

May 25, 2008
please put something under your nest
by: Lori

I learned this the hard way. I, too, had a nest w/ mourning doves in our patio covering. Unfortunately, it became very difficult to maneuver w/ the two babies as they got bigger. One eventually fell. Unfortunately, I could not revive or help that one. Later that day, the other one fell. They fell to our cement patio. This time, my 2nd was still alive. Not knowing what the heck I was doing, I put it back up on the nest. It was breathing but weak and very scared. I was sure I'd kill it. The parents were no where in sight. I managed to feed (thanks to the internet) some warm water & bread dissolved. I put some dryer lint under it as the nest was nearly gone and I was afraid it would die of cold w/ no parent. The good news is my 2nd baby flew off yesterday after the parents returned, nurtured it for another week.

My advice to you...please put something soft under the nest in case the birdies fall.

P.S. I have another nest now in my angel trumpet tree. I am grappling w/ what to put under it, too, as the nest is so sparse and I can not imagine how they will raise 2 babies there.

Good luck and Enjoy!

May 25, 2008
Doves Nesting in Unusual Places
by: Betty

Jessica, your Dove was probably laying her eggs when she flew off and returned the next day. It takes 12 days for the eggs to hatch and another 12 days before they fly. Then, when they do fly if there is a safe place to hang around until their little wings develope the Mother and the Father will stay with them for about four days. Then, if you leave the nest in place the Mother will again lay her second clutch of eggs.

Another thing I noticed is that the babies do not poop in their nest but hang their little bottoms over the edge so do not be surprised to find poop in a small area just beneath the light fixture. Good luck.

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Our Doves in a hanging artifical plant

by Jim Oliver
(Davenport Florida)

Adult Dove with Baby Doves

Adult Dove with Baby Doves

Adult Dove with Baby Doves Baby Doves (squabs) On the Ground Dove Squab On The Chair

We have three hanging planters on our porch with artificial plants. Every year a dove makes a nest in the same planter always reusing the same nest.

This year they arrived again in the middle of March the female laid two eggs which I guess is normal and commenced to sitting on the eggs.

We watched every day as the male and female switched places as the plants hang just outside our bedroom window.

The eggs hatched at the end of March and it seemed over night that we had two young Doves peaking out from underneath the mother.

Around April 5th the Dad decided it was time for the babies to leave the nest and we watched as he pushed both of them out.

As can be seen in the pictures, both babies stayed together and would run towards the adult birds whenever they would show up.

We have one of the young birds that just doesn't want to leave the area where the nest was.

Last night it sat on the roof of our car as the mother would show up and feed it.

As it got cool last night my wife got worried the bird would get cold so she asked me to take a towel out to the car so the bird could sit on it and keep war.

Being a good husband I took it out and placed it next to the bird then came in and went to bed.

In the morning when I checked to see if the bird was still there, fully expecting to see it gone, but much to my surprise, there it was sitting on the towel as warm as could be.

As soon as the sun came up it left the car and now as taken up residence on one of the chairs on our porch.

We continue to watch it as it seems quite at home for the time being.

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Apr 08, 2012
Doves in Planters
by: Marianne

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. I too have been blessed with doves returning year after year to my hanging planters (which are now permanent nests). They bring so much joy. So glad that your extended family is doing so well - and the blanket was a great idea. Enjoy and best wishes to you all.

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Doves Nesting in my Bathroom Light Fixture

by Joanie Mason
(West Los Angeles)

 Nesting doves in a light fixture

Nesting doves in a light fixture

I was enjoying my morning ritual in my master bath, then all of a sudden I heard the 'coos' coming from the toilet area, which is in it's own room with a door.
Oh, my heart was feeling the joy, the Doves have returned.

You see, for a couple of weeks earlier, I noticed twigs, leaves and feathers on the floor, near the toilet. They were entering through the window that I always leave open.

On the accompanying deck, I spotted the love-doves cooing and grooming each other, I silently welcomed them into my bathroom.

For they must have felt secure, so in they went and built their nest resting above the light fixture. At this moment, both of the doves are sitting on the nest.

Guess I better start using another bathroom, don't want to alarm this precious Dove Family.

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Jun 09, 2014
In the rain gutter
by: cheri fitz

I, too, discovered "my" mourning dove purely by accident. I often heard them (do the males coo, too?) in the "morning", and discovered their nest off my deck, second floor apartment.

I'm glad I read this article, 'cos I, too, thought it was the same bird sitting on these eggs.

He flew off one time when my husband spooked him, but they are right back on their nest, spindly twigs loosely thrown together, in the corner of our rain gutter. There are 2 eggs.

Seems they have been nestling those eggs for way over two weeks, so I shall now be looking for babies! This is a new hobby for me. Birds are beautiful!

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