I have Doves in a hanging planter too!
by M.L. McCroskey
the dove in the porch hanger nest
I did have a Robin nesting there around late March or early April, but it flew away every time we opened the front door (the plant hanger is to the left when you come out, in the corner of the covered porch).
Finally it didn't come back, and I removed the nest. I was going to keep it, but my dogs got out and sadly, my 4 month old puppy ate the eggs and shook the nest around before I could get it back from him :(
The doves came there only a week or two later! I was so surprised to see this big bird sitting in the artificial flowers! They seem so gentle and are big beautiful birds.
My daughter shows the nest to her friends everytime one comes, and says "Be really, really quiet! We have a bird nesting on our porch!" If they look and remain quiet, the dove doesn't fly away.
One of her friends that came over the other day tiptoed up towards the nest after she told him.
It was hilarious to see this six foot four basketball player tip-toeing quietly and fearfully towards the nest.
He seemed to be afraid that the bird would come flying out at him! As he got closer he was looking the bird in the eye. It just sat and stared back. He said, quietly turning: "It looks like a "bird statue" and not a bird! It's so quiet!"
People might think we are really strange for trying to keep the bird happy and undisturbed. I hadn't even thought of taking a picture of it, and didn't know anyone else had experienced birds on their porch, so close to them, until I happened across your page!
I am very glad that I found it, it is so helpful and informative! I am glad you created this page!
I decided I would take a picture to accompany this little story, so I took the first pic, then was taking another but it got scared and flew away! I hope it comes back to the nest, or the female.
I think the male is the more "edgy" one, that's why he flew away. The male and female take turns sitting on it too, the female is more plain and the male has more markings and is bigger and longer in the body with bigger tail!
I hope we can see this through, and the eggs successfully hatch. I hope the little birds can stay until they can fly. Will keep you posted :) Thanks!