A few months ago, I hired a local pest control company to screen in the corner eaves of my house because honestly, birds were becoming a nuisance. (I just had my house painted!)
We decided to have them wait to do the work when the birds were not actively nesting. So they finally started work a few weeks ago.
One day I came home from work, and the guy was loading up his truck. He said there was a mourning dove in one of the eaves so he had relocated her nest. (That was the last corner that needed to be done.) He put the nest on top of my fence (which is covered with ivy.)
That afternoon and evening, the poor momma bird paced and paced in my carport. She kept flying up to the corner . . .could not figure out why she couldn’t get to her nest. And she couldn’t find her egg!
Finally, I carefully picked up the nest and put it under one of the eaves of the carport.
She continued to pace. She did not abandon her nest! The next morning, there she was, sitting on top of the egg.
Now there are two babies in the nest. And the family is doing fine. Here are photos of the babies.
The Mourning Dove in my carport has had her baby. He/she's growing a little each day and pokes his head up for a photo op! Seems like he's left alone for hours at a time during the day, but Mama comes at night to sit on the nest and protect her child.
I have a previous posting called "Mourning Dove in my Carport" showing the Mama bird.
This is a wonderful experience to watch the progress of this little creature. I can't wait until the next phase .......
On 3 occasions, our local Mourning Doves have nested on the top of the concrete post just under the carport roof.
This area is protected from prey and from inclement weather, so I imagine the mama and daddy feel it's a safe environment for their nest and their babies.
Yesterday, Mama Dove gave birth and I could see the baby with my binoculars when mama flew away for a few minutes.
My neighbors are also in awe of this wonderful natural happening. This bird has been in my carport in the past and she is familiar with my comings and goings and doesn't get rattled when I start my car. She seems to be part of our family now.
I will continue to watch her and her husband and their baby ......