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Mourning Dove Nest Abandonment

by Doreen ML
(RI)

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DayTtime Nest Watcher

We have a lovely mourning dove who has set up her home in our back yard. She and her mate are beautiful creatures that seem curious about us, rather than anxious.


We can easily see her from our bathroom window and our back deck. For weeks now I have not mowed my lawn, used my back deck, or even enjoyed our hot tub on the deck because I do not want to disturb her.

I have two shepherds that run out back often and she hasn't been spooked so far. The couple set up their nest on our trellis, under the protective cover of our eaves on our one story bungalow home in RI.

I watched her sit on her eggs for several days until one day I noticed she seemed very large! She looked twice the size! Well I noticed that she had some movement under her and sure enough had her babies!

She has put up with my son and two shepherds coming in and out of the back door, onto our deck and using the back yard.

At times we are loud; and the screen door that is just a mere 3-4 feet from her nest can make some loud noises as well. She has put up with us and seems used to our routines here.

I must admit that I stayed clear of my back yard for weeks now, not wanting to disturb her. The dogs haven't been out in the back yard as much, and we haven't used our deck at all.

Today I would guess that the babies are approximately seven days old, give or take. We went out back in an attempt to mow our 18" high grass!!

The lawn mower was broken, so we used a week wacker on the side of the yard furthest from mom (or dad) dove. We also used the weed wacker on a very low setting so that it would make less noise.

Ironically, when we approached nearest to the deck and trellis where she resides, we noticed some movement in the tall grass and saw a tiny baby bunny!! So we ceased all grass cutting activities right then and there.

Shortly after we went back inside I came back out to clean up a few things and noticed she or he was gone from the nest.

Slightly alarmed because I have not once seen the nest unprotected, I have been watching over the babies now for nearly an hour, and no one has returned.

I am so upset that she may have abandoned her nest! The babies are alert, heads up, and looking for mom or dad. I don't know how long they can survive but I wont allow it to remain un attended overnight.

I will take them to a rehaber first if necessary! I will keep you updated!

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Nov 28, 2016
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Worried
by: chassummer

My two garden doves reared one youngster late autumn and continued to feed him after he left the nest - he could fly and so was never on the ground. All went well for a couple of weeks until mum and dad refused to feed him and he learned how to feed himself.

A week later as soon as he was able to feed himself, they chased him off. There is plenty of food in my garden for the birds, but although he tries to fly down to feed, mum and dad don't allow him to. Is this normal. He is probably about two-thirds their size, but because it is a very cold winter I doubt whether he can forage for himself because he only knows the food location in my garden that his mum and dad have every single day - from me.

Unfortunately he was an only child and so is on his own - though he perches on a separate tree in my garden. Mum and Dad seem very cruel. I can understand if they are nesting again, but not at this time of year. Is this normal.

Sep 02, 2016
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Males Feed Also
by: Gene

Both male and female feed the young. It's not likely they both have abandoned the young. Doves do not feed their young the way other birds feed. They do not make repeated trips with insects.

Sep 02, 2016
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Abandoned babies
by: Ellie B

How long does Mom have to be gone before I can be sure that two baby doves in a nest atop a pillar on my front porch are abandoned? I think they're a week old.

Jul 25, 2016
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removing old nest
by: Gene

Remove the old nest and clean using a 10 percent bleach solution. Make sure you can ID the occupants. Good luck.

Jul 25, 2016
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Mourning Doves -first experience
by: Anonymous

I have,what I believe to be, a Mourning Dove in the newspaper section of my mailbox. This nest was built around the end of March beginning of April. I know there was at least one baby and mom and dad were very attentive. The nest is now empty. Should I leave it (in hopes these birds will return again in March) or should I remove the nest. I have never seen this happen and want to do what is right to protect them and have them return. They didn't seem to mind the mail man and we stayed away from the nest ,except for getting the mail. I would love to see them come back.

Jul 23, 2016
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To kelly
by: Anonymous

The squabs will not leave their nests. The tenting will kill the babies. ( dead babies and heartbroken parents ) Mom and dad takes turn to care for the babies till they leave the nest.

Babies leave the nest around 12-14 days. Once they leave the nest parents will teach them to hide under the bush on the ground nearby the nest.

Fledgings are not good with flight till they are about 16-18 days old. I have been watching a pair raising their young; it is the sixth brood so far.

It's for sure the tenting will kill the babies and you can't move the nest once you move the nest the parents will not be able to find their babies and they will treat it as predator attack.

Jul 23, 2016
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Tough One
by: Gene

It's actually illegal to disturb an active nest of protected species. Mourning Doves fall into that category.

Jul 23, 2016
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HELP!! Termite Tenting
by: Kelly

Our house is being tented for termites in 2 days and there is a nest with 2 babies about 7 or 8 days old up under some eaves of the balcony. Will the babies be able to fly away when the tent guys arrive? Should we try to move them along with their nest?

Jul 10, 2016
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squabs
by: Gene

Doves are often attacked by cats and hawks while they feed on the ground. It's not easy knowing whether the adults have abandon a nest and when to intervene. It happens 1000's of times each season, we just don't see it.

Jul 10, 2016
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Baby doves dead
by: Anonymous

I had a dove that had two babies and then suddenly I noticed she left then I approached the nest and the two babies were dead and being eaten by maggots should I have taken them out of nest when the mother did not come back and while they were still alive?

Jul 04, 2016
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Caring for Young
by: Gene

Adults teach and feed young for 1 - 2 weeks after fledging.

Jul 04, 2016
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Baby doves are on ground now
by: Laura

Will parents care for them and how long? This is 4th of July 2016.

Jul 01, 2016
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cold and doves
by: Gene

They'll do fine in most weather.

Jul 01, 2016
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Doves
by: Brenda

I have a dove sitting on her babies in a potplant on my balcony, but am worried they won't survive the cold, is there anything I can do to keep them warm

Jun 16, 2016
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tree trimmed
by: Gene

Not much you can do. If it doesn't work out, they'll nest elsewhere.

Jun 16, 2016
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Question on Heat
by: Anonymous

I have a beautiful nest in my backyard lemon tree. Today the tree got trimmed. (We didn't see the nest until after the tree was trimmed) but not the nest is in almost direct sunlight. There are 6 eggs in the nest. I am afraid that the temps are going to get too hot for the birds to hatch. I can see the mom and dad hanging out a good distance from the nest. I live in the desert so temps have been around 100 degrees. This week they are supposed to rise to about 120. Even if the nest were shaded I think it might get too hot, but now that the tree has been trimmed and lost a lot of the leaves on the top, I think it's definitely too hot.

Is there anything I can do????

Jun 16, 2016
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Morning dove mother abandoned 2 eggs
by: Anonymous

I had a morning dove made a nest in my hanging flower pot. She has two eggs. The mama bird hasn't been around for 4 days now.. What do I do with nest and eggs. Is there a special place to take them?

Jun 09, 2016
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Mama Dove left, took the eggs
by: David N

Pair of mounting doves built their nest inside my swamp cooler in May - the side had blown off during a windstorm, and I hadn't started it up for the hot season yet. (Swamp coolers are the SW version of A/C. Ours is 8 feet off the ground.)

There were 2 eggs in the nest when I accidentally found them. I placed a webcam inside the cooler so I could observe without disturbing. 8 days later she checked the eggs and appeared to take both with her and abandoned the nest. Kind of puzzling and disappointing, since the webcam meant I could've watched the youngsters.

(On the bright side, I got to setup & start the swamp cooler in time for the 100 degree weather.)

Jun 03, 2016
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Baby dove died
by: Anonymous

If the baby dove died, should I completely remove the nest or just leave the nest and dispose of the baby? It's only been a day, and the mom/dad were coming around, but now they seem to have gone.

May 21, 2016
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Prolific Nesters
by: Anonymous

This story and this site have helped me a lot in understanding our mourning doves. Our mom and dad are rebuilding their nest today for Batch Number 3 of this year. The first set left the nest on April 19th, and the second set left the nest May 19th and May 20th.

Mom and Dad built the nest up in the eaves outside our home office window in 2014 and have used it ever since. This year they started sprucing it up again in January (but didn't start any serious sitting till late March)! Since spring of 2014, they've raised about, hm, fifteen young ones. So far, only one egg hasn't hatched.

I don't know how the babies have done once they leave the nest, but in the first month or two I can tell which they are as they look like slimmer, sleeker versions of Mom and Dad.

Last year, I noticed when a young female out of the nest a month or so was being courted by a comparatively big, burly male.

May 11, 2016
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Oh no! Is this gonna happen to me again!
by: Anonymous

I'm saddened by the last post. My bird made her nest. Then she leaves and I find the babies dead.. from the looks I thought they died and then she left.. but 2 weeks later. new nesters.

Built a nest in the same spot. ( I don't know if the same birds can nest again so quickly) the doves (mom and dad) would come around once every other day or so, just like the previous nesters until she actually laid her eggs, and now she's always there. I was devastated when I found the nest abandoned. Why did it happen. I don't know if they died because they were abandoned or abandoned because they died.

I live in the Phoenix area, so it is not cold. It gets chilly at night still, but nothing serious, like at all. I'm gonna be so sad if this happens again. Are they known to abandon there nests?

To make it worse, I found 2 dead babies one day after the other that had fallen out of a tree in my back yard. So I've had 4 dead babies.. ( though the babies I found that fell out were yellow, not grey.) If this nest goes bad, I don't think I'll let them nest on my back patio any more. It's sad cause it makes me so happy to see here every day.. but deviated when I had to remove the nest with dead baby doves in it.

What do you think? And also any chance this is the same birds from my nest before? I had named them. ( mona and leo) I'd like to think I was seeing my doves again, but I don't know if it's possible to nest again so soon...

May 02, 2016
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I just don't understand
by: Anonymous

For the second year in a row - excited to see the dove couple build a nest... mamma sitting on it. In our back yard so there is some noise - not much. Nest abandoned, eggs hatched babies dead. WHY??? Heart broken.

Mar 24, 2016
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Mourning doves
by: Anonymous

Mourning doves are very attentive parents. One early morning we went out to find feathers on the ground and no mom on the nest. We checked the nest and found a new baby.

It was early spring and very cold outside. We brought in the hanging basket with the nest in it, put a sock full of dry rice in the microwave to warm up, made sure it wasn't too hot, then put it next to her. We called our local zoo when they opened to find out that they rescue birds.

Just before leaving to take her there, I got a feeling that I should hang her back outside and see if the dad would come feed her. I left the warm sock in it and watched.

The Dad came back and cared for her all day. When Mom didn't come that night, he waited 2 hours longer than normal and left. We waited about 1/2 hour then brought her in.

I put her under a piano lamp with a red cellophane film between her and the lamp so she wouldn't get too hot. I also put a sock filled with rice in the microwave to warm up and kept it next to her.

I made sure it wasn't too hot before putting it next to her. We kept her all night then the next morning the dad cooed to tell us he was waiting for her. We put her outside and he stayed with her all day and fed her.

We became the night mom. We were never able to feed her very well. it just made a mess and she didn't like being sticky. We had to clean it off completely or she would shake and move around. dad did a great job at keeping her fed during the day.

Luckily, the dad's are the ones that teach them how to eat and guard them when they leave the nest. When she got old enough to leave the nest, we just left her outside at night. she was raised just fine.

Jul 23, 2015
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Dove Nestlings
by: Anonymous

Doves made a nest in a hanging flower basket on our gazebo. I've been checking on mom/dad daily and talking to them. I stood on a small table the other day and saw 2 babies under dad!

I don't know when they hatched, but when I discovered them, I thought I saw one of the parents feeding the babies the "dove milk". So, maybe about a week old, give or take a day or so.

This morning I saw dad & mom change shifts. I went out for a couple hours and when I came home, neither parent was sitting with the nestlings. That was a couple hours now and a parent hasn't returned and I don't see them close by. The babies look healthy and alert.

By what others have posted here, I guess the parents feel it's ok to leave the nestlings. But, I'll keep watching and hope to see the parents back to feed.

Jul 07, 2015
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dove squabs
by: Gene

Doves spend about 2 weeks with the squabs once they leave the nest. Being on the ground is common.

Jul 06, 2015
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Nesting or injured?
by: Anonymous

I just happened upon a Mourning Dove sitting on my patio hiding next to a brick wall. The dove seems to be nesting on top of another bird (I'm assuming it's a baby with feathers). Is there an injury or are they just resting?

Jul 01, 2015
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It may be intentional of the parents
by: Anonymous

Some of you might find this website useful as I shared similar concerns. http://www.eastvalleywildlife.org/DoveCentral.html

Jun 25, 2015
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Dove Nest
by: Gene

Sometimes they remove the nestlings and start over. Other times they abandon the nest and begin a new nest somewhere else.

I would let them decide. If they move on make sure to clean everything well for your sake.

Gene

Jun 25, 2015
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morning doves
by: gail lugo

I have a nest over my door. The morning doves have been sitting on the nest for weeks. I finally climbed a ladder and looked into the nest. The babies both hatched but are dead. Either the mom or dad dove sat on the side of the nest and looked at the babies for a long time--and then decided to sit back down on them. This had gone on for 3 days after I saw the babies were dead. Is there anything I can do to get them to go on with their lives?

Jun 11, 2015
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eggs no bird,,
by: Marilyn

It has been over night now no return eggs unattended, what happened?

May 18, 2015
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Will mom and dad dove come back?
by: Charmaine

Hi, we've had the same couple of doves making their nest 3 times near our back sliding doors, they raised 2 healthy chicks, but unfortunately their thrid chick died a couple days after it hatched.

It was heart breaking, mom and dad dove couldn't do anything to revive their chick so they abandoned the nest, we've recently taken the nest down in hoping they would come back to raise another young.

My question is: will the same couple come back and rebuild their nest where the third young chick died or will they build their nest in another location?

Thank you for your answers in advance.

Apr 22, 2015
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Come back!
by: Patty

On April 14, 2015 we saw the first egg in the clutch and on April 15, 2015, the second egg appeared. We have been watching Mom & Dad come and go since that time, taking turns sitting in the nest. Sadly, today, April 22, 2015, neither of them have been there to sit on the eggs. I am heartbroken! Any suggestions?

Mar 30, 2015
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Why Did Mum Leave Her Chicks
by: Tony Saville

I have a dovecot in the garden, and 4 weeks ago noticed the female dove acting strange. It appears she has a male fancy man.

Lo and behold there were 2 white eggs, after about 17 days they hatched and mum and dad had a shift system going on. Mum did the night shift and dad the day shift.

At 2 weeks old and just getting feathers, eyes not open yet, mum did not return to the nest. It was a bitterly cold night. I suggested to my wife that maybe I should cover them up till morning.

I was told to let nature take its toll. On inspection of the nest the next day, the two babies were dead, cold to the touch, Dad cam back for the day shift and seemed beside himself.

I removed the dead chicks, mum turned up mid-afternoon. Dad is still hanging around, what do I do?

Mar 19, 2015
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My Sweet Doves
by: Kathryn

I've been watching my sweet doves for weeks now keeping close watch on the nest and switching places for the AM and PM shifts. How sweet they are.

I live in a new condo community and when I first saw them building their nest on top of a light fixture only 10 Feet above ground with so much noise around I went over to Mom and said - what are you doing!? This is an unsafe place for you! She/they didn't listen.

I've been watching for weeks now. This morning I saw 2 white eggs in the nest - excited!!. When I came home tonight it looks as though the nest has been abandoned!

One of the parents was on my balcony cooing and I've checked again and it looks as tho they abandoned the nest. I'm so sad!

Mar 16, 2015
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When to decide to send the babies to rehab
by: Anonymous

I have been spending lots of time observing the beautiful feathered friends. The mourning doves are very dedicated parents! I have one nest in front of my entry door and I can observe the babies and parents everyday.

When babies hatched, the first seven days the parents will rarely leave the nest unattended even if so, the mom or dad will not leave more than 1 hour.

If the babies are newborn 1-3 days old I saw the mom and dad only when either mom and dad come back to take the shift then they would leave the nest. ( who usually takes the night shift and dad takes the day shift )

At seven days old, I think give the parents a little more time. I have seen the dad leave for five hours and came back to attend his babies.

Pay attention at night, if you can't see the mom come back, wait for the morning to see if dad comes back to take the shift.

Usually even if one parent was killed by predators I have seen and heard stories they will take over the babies as single parent, if the babies are 7 days or older the survival rate is very high.

So the conclusion is, pay attention if the baby is left unattended by both parents for 30 plus hours. Be prepare to help those babies.

I have rescued morning dove babies, but I only get involved when help is needed like I said mourning doves are the most dedicated parents!

Mar 15, 2015
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mourning dove abandoned thier 2 eggs
by: Anonymous

What shall I do? it looks like after 5 days she has abandoned her nest. There are 2 eggs.

Jun 13, 2014
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Need advice
by: Connie

We have a pair of Doves, this is the second time she has nested in over a month. The nest is under our deck eaves, and they've both been very diligent about the care of it.

I noticed today for the 1st time the squabs, but not quite sure how old they are. Mom's been nesting for nearly 3 weeks, so they could be approx a week old.

Mom or pop were there about 4pm, but after going out about 45 minutes ago (it's after 9pm now) no parent in the nest with the babies. Do I need to worry about anything at this stage, or simply keep a watchful eye on the nest?

At what point would I want to go and rescue the two babies? I ended up having to do this 2 yrs ago with 4 sparrows babies when they were 3 days of age, due to we figure the mother getting killed (she didn't return for over 12 hrs).

I hand raised them and since the vet informed me I couldn't release them, they are in a large flight cage and loving being spoiled.

It's not my intention to save/keep the doves as pets, but also cannot fathom letting them die if I can do something to help. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Jun 07, 2014
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mom and dad not on nest
by: Anonymous

We have a dove that has been sitting for ever on the nest. Have had changing for the nesters also. This morning my husband started to paint the deck. The dove left and has not been back about 9 hrs. now. Could the smell of the paint cause them to leave? Do U think mom and dad will come back thank you for your time

Jun 01, 2014
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re: to Steff
by: Anonymous

Mourning doves are well known for their dedication caring for their babies.

Dad usually takes the day shift and mom the night shift. Pay close attention to the nest I am sure mom and dad will come back.

If the parents were gone for more than 24 hours, I would say it could be young parents or nest abandonment, only if you are sure parents didn't comeback and I suggest to feed the babies ( also check the crop if it's looks inflated it's the round area under their beak if they have food it looks round if hungry it's flat)

But I wouldn't disturb the nest. I have a similar scenario in the past parents left for more than 12 hours and I used baby bottle and cut the tip and feed the baby doves Baby powder formula. Or do a research on YouTube

" feeding mourning dove babies" for more info.
I feed the baby prevent them to die from hunger, and I kept close watch and the parent finally came back.

If the parents never come back it's time to help the babies. Hope this helps!

May 31, 2014
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mourning dove possible abandonment
by: steff

Our pair of doves has its nest in our carport. the parents have been doing 12 hr shifts. The baby is about 6 days old. Dad came back and was followed by a big Mockingbird.

It chased it and took off has not been back for over 5 hrs. They do they not fly at night. The weather has been in the high 60,s at night We just don't know what to do about the baby. We don't want it to starve or die. Any info?

May 24, 2014
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Egg abandoned?
by: Susie Q

Mom and Pop have built a nest in the gutter over my deck; it has no protection from the elements. Last night, we had a very heavy rain with some hail. I went out and held an umbrella over the nest for as long as I could. The parents, who always had one or the other on the nest, are no where to be found. I climbed up and looked into the nest and there is one egg. Is there any chance they will return?

May 04, 2014
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One egg, now two eggs and zero parents in nest
by: Anonymous

Last year in our hanging plant on the front porch we had a successful birth of two mourning dove eggs that flew the coop and lived happily ever after. The parents were very dedicated and we saw them take shifts with incubation, raise and feed the young. It was fascinating!

This year in the same nest, it's quite different. One egg had momma on it for 24 hours and then she flew away and never returned leaving it alone for over a week. About four days later there were two eggs.

The parents do hang out around it all day but they are never in the nest. I check morning and night, several times. The two eggs have been alone now for three days! Inexperienced parents??

Jun 05, 2013
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We: flavia
by: Anonymous

It is uncommon for mom and dad to leave their babies alone at age 4 day.
They may be distracted by dangers, md has been very dedicated parents.
I know one time mommy dove didn't came back on time she came back in the middle of night at 1 am.
Pay close attention to the nest if it get freezing cover the babies cashmere socks on top of them.
And also check if their crops are empty. If you see it is filled up that means they are not hungry. Perhaps the parents came back to feed them.
If their crop remained empty it could be a sign telling you parent hasn't been back to feed them.
Day 1-6 is most critical age for babies to be under parents care.
Watch closely they might be back. I used to help two babies survived a freezing night with the socks and mom came back. They have happy ending. :)

Jun 05, 2013
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Mourning Dove Chicks
by: Flavia

I am very worried about my mourning dove chicks. Their mom and dad have been there the entire time on my fire escape dedicated to taking care of them.

I even set them up with an umbrella to protect them from the rain so I know they are not afraid of me but I hardly see them since the eggs have hatched.

They stayed with the chicks for the first 3 or 4 days and now they are off all day and night. The chicks look ok. And maybe I don't see when the mom or dad comes to feed them but I don't want anything to happen to them.

I feel like I am their grandmother. Anyone know if this is typical to leave them alone all the time after 4 days ?

Mar 15, 2013
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Mom didn't come back for her babies
by: Anonymous

Hi, we have a nest close by our door and there are two, 5 days old mourning dove babies.

Mom and dad have been dedicating their time taking care their babies.

I don't know what happened today, we do have a little bit more activity. The dad left around 5 pm and I have been checking on the nest and mom didn't come back. It is been four hours.

I put a cloth over the babies, it will get very cold, in the low 50's. I don't know what I should do.

Should I leave them there or rescue them and put them back to nest next morning?

Will the doves come back?

Apr 14, 2012
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Help, I don't know what to do with the babies!
by: Stacy

I have come to the same situation. I have two alert baby birds in a nest right outside the sliding door to my back yard.

My boyfriend and I have noticed the mother leaving last night, and when I checked this morning the babies are still left alone in the nest.

I am extremely concerned, and I read all of your stories, but no one said what they did with the babies when the parents don't come back. I don't want the baby doves to suffer and die, can someone please let me know what they did with the abandoned babies?

Mar 26, 2012
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Morning Doves
by: Ann Marie

I am so excited to discover a dove nest and egg. I have been watching them from my bedroom window.
Mom has her nest in athorny rose tree, and one egg in the nest. We are in the middle of a horrible storm, cold weather and not a Mama in sight. I am quietly going to check.....I am hoping for the best

Jun 14, 2011
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I think the baby died
by: susan

The baby mourning doves that hatched a couple of weeks ago have flown the coup but the mother still remains and there is no sign of the father. Why is she still there after her babies have hatched and flown away and where is the father? Thanks, Susan,

From: Wild-Bird-Watching.com

Perhaps she is going to renest. Doves nest up to 4 times a season on average.

The male is most likely still training and feeding the others. This is his job for nearly two weeks after the young leave the nest.

Jul 20, 2010
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Egg Abandonment!
by: Anonymous

We have a morning dove that laid two eggs in a hanging flower basket. The mommy bird has been gone now for 2 days.

It has been very warm here but I still think someone should be with the nest. We keep seeing a dove land on the railing or watching from the tree across from our balcony but no one comes to the nest.

What should we do? We are not sure if we should remove them or see what happens in the next couple of days.

May 08, 2010
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Scared away mom/dad
by: Heather

Hi. We have a nest in our window sill where there is no screen, in our upstate NY house, in one of the 2nd floor bedrooms. We have been watching a mother or father morning dove for about a month now.

Last time we were up here (2 weeks ago) she had 2 eggs in her nest. Now two weeks later there are two babies (squabs as I found out they are called) in the nest with her. When I walked into the bedroom, I inadvertently scared her and one of the babies.

They flew off ( i think! ) I checked the ground for the baby b/c I wasn't sure if it was possibly it's first time out of the nest! The mother and one baby have been gone now for about 4 hours.

The other baby remains in the nest still. It is a very windy spring day. I am worried, that I have possibly scared off the mother and baby (if they are even together somewhere?). And will the baby in the nest survive? Does it need food, and the warmth of the mother? Will the mother (and baby) return?

Is there something I should be doing?
I hope I didn't mess everything up!
Please if anyone has any advice of mourning doves habits and or something I should do, please let me know.

Thank you so much.
Heather

Sep 30, 2009
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our nest seems abandoned
by: roopa

Read your sad story Doreen. The same thing seems to happened with our birds too. The mom has abandoned her two baby doves because of the constant disturbance caused by us.

She had laid eggs in one of our hanging pots on the balcony of our apartment. The eggs had hatched and the chicks now are a week old Today was tough for her.

She seems to have gone for about six hours now. I am worried about the chicks.

Jul 10, 2009
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My First Bird Watching Experience
by: Sergey from Russia

Hi!
I`m sorry for my bad English/
My name is Sergey, I`m a journalist & writer. I'm leaving in a village near Moscow, Russia.

I've never been a birdwatcher, but now, in this summer, one bird built a nest near my country-house! It built it on the apple tree near my window! There are only 7-8 yards between window & birdhouse!

I began bird watching and I discovered for myself that it`s a very interesting experience.
Unfortunately, there's absolutely no sites or blogs for back-yard birds watchers in Russia or in Russian.

But I`d like to talk with people who have more experience in B-Y-B-W then I.

I had some photos of "my" birds & her kids/
I think it`s TURDUS (in Latin) and DROZD in Russian, but I don?t know what`s it name in English. I could sending couple of them?

Jul 09, 2009
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Update on Mom
by: Anonymous

Thanks Bonnie for your kind words. I ll take the 18" high grass and the baby animals over a manicured lawn anyday....that is the beauty of owning my own tiny piece of the world!

So to update anyone interested...Mom (I think) came back!! From what I read about these benevolent birds, Dad watches by day, and Mom by night. She gave me quite a scare, leaving for a few hours. But my initial intuition was correct, she does feel comfortable with our mostly quiet and quirky lifestyle!
Doreen

Jul 09, 2009
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You're a good bird friend
by: Bonnie

I hope that your Ma and Pa doves come back, Doreen. It's sweet that you've been so considerate of them -- finding the baby bunny shows that your back yard is suitable habitat for several animals when left unmown. Not that you'd want to do it all the time.

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