Doves Nesting In Orchid Pot

by Pat Carlson
(Satellite Beach, Florida)

Dove In Hanging Plant

Dove In Hanging Plant

This nest is in an orchid pot just outside our dining room window, in front of our front door. The doves don't seem to be disturbed by our coming and going, but we are careful not to get too close. We anxiously await the hatchlings!

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Aug 14, 2015
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On a ladder?
by: Anonymous

I went out one morning to move my 6' ladder to arrange things for a baby shower. When I looked up, however, there she was, a mourning dove sitting on her nest.

I simply decided to decorate the ladder and leave her there.

I did scare her once but she returned and has been sitting ever since. It seems like weeks!!

May 01, 2015
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Mourning dove
by: Anonymous

I have Mourning Doves tending their eggs in a nest built in our Crepe Myrtle here in San Angelo, Tx. I've yet to see the male/female change places but should have babies in a week, if the neighborhood stray cats mind their manners!

May 05, 2013
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Dove in gorilla rack
by: Charyl

We occasionally have to free a mourning dove from our fireplace here in San Angelo, Tx., much to our 2 cats' dismay.

I went out of town for a few days, and when I returned, there was one that had built a nest on a shelf of my gorilla rack on the patio.

There are 2 eggs in it, and she seems to have gotten used to our comings and goings. Can't wait to see the babies!

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Doves in Basket by Front Door

by Karen
(Livermore, CA, USA)

Hanging right by my front door, next to a railing, and I have 2 cats. One was sleeping in her bed right under the basket, with the mourning dove sitting on her eggs.

Now that the eggs have hatched, I'm trying to keep the cats in!

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Mourning Dove in my Hosta garden

by Levi H.
(Fredericksburg , VA)

I have been noticing this one mourning dove hanging around my house a lot recently. Then I found that it is staying in my Hosta garden right off my front porch.

I have not found a nest for this one yet, but I have noticed that there is a male and female pair. So babies should be coming very soon.

The one bird that hangs around the most is very docile. It has let me get within inches of it, so I got some very good pictures along with this.

I think the one that stays around is the female because it has gotten very plump, hopefully with eggs, and she is much smaller than the other.

Well that's all for now, I will put more updates on this pair as soon as I get them.

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Mar 20, 2016
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Brother and sister
by: Anonymous

What you saw there were two babies (or toddlers :) They're transitioning from their baby nest to hanging out on the ground for a few days before they learn to fly and be independent. They look kinda big because they are, they grow fast!

Adult doves don't sit around like that for days, they are busy moving around and flying. I know the above because my family just witnessed this cycle happen and we have the two living near a bush that you can see through.

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Dove nesting during Hurricane Irene

by Patricia Bodnar
(Wilmington NC)

Dove in Railing Box during Hurricane Irene

Dove in Railing Box during Hurricane Irene

We have a nesting dove with one hatched egg and one soon to be hatched.

She was in our railing box for 2 weeks, however, hurricane Irene was hitting tonight, so we moved the box back to the corner of the porch where it would be protected.

She flew off, but did return to the nest-she is still there and the wind and rain is very strong. You can see her brown head and eye through the foliage.

She did let me water every evening for two weeks, so I was hoping she wouldn't abandon the nest when it was moved.

Hopefully, tomorrow morning the other egg will be hatched.

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Doves nesting in hanging flower pot

by Danna
(Medford, OR Jackson)

Sweet Dove Nesting

Sweet Dove Nesting

I was watering my hanging flower pot last week and didn't notice there was a dove sitting in the pot until I had completely soaked the plant and the bird!

Once I noticed it was there, I was surprised it hadn't flown off and was concerned it was ill. I had my husband check it out, (he's large) and the bird got frightened and flew away. At least then I knew the dove was healthy.

I researched the nesting/habits of doves on-line to know what to expect.

I am really enjoying watching this process; they're such sweet, peaceful birds.


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Outside My Front Door

by Jean
(Wisconsin)

A pair of doves commandeered my petunia basket before I planted this year's wave petunias. They are sharing incubating the two eggs. We've watched the shift change several times.

One bird on the nest is joined by the other, then the first leaves.

We await the hatching of the 2 young ones.

Interestingly, they never built a nest, just laid their eggs in the hanging basket!

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Rhododendron Dove Nest

by Lucy Elias
(Madison CT, USA)

Mourning Dove In Madison, CT

Mourning Dove In Madison, CT

A Mourning Dove has been nesting in out Rhododendron bush for four days. We discovered her when we heard a blue jay bothering her.

She is not intimidated by us at all even when stand at the bush and look through the leaves to see her. Today I can see the small wing of her first young dove born.

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Doves in Hanging Plant

by Bonnie
(Bedford, TX)

My baby dove

My baby dove

I noticed a mourning dove in my hanging planter a while back but did not pay any attention to it - just thought it was finding something to eat. The basket hangs from the eave of my sunroom and is fairly well shaded. Well I now know it was building a nest in the basket.

Yesterday morning I was out there and the dove was sitting in the planter again and to my astonishment, there were two baby dove. Mama sat for quite a while but left and was gone a long time - I checked later at night and she still wasn't back, leaving those poor babies on their own. I was afraid maybe I had scared her off. However, this morning she was back and has been there most of the morning.

Does anyone know how old they are before they try to fly - they are only about 6 inches long right now but they do have feathers, eyes open and seem to be moving around.

Mama sometimes sits on top of them. She had one wing held out over them and I guess she was protecting them from the sun. Sometimes she perches on the side of the basket and I assume she is feeding them then.

This is the first time I have had nesting dove and so know very little about them and would appreciate any information anyone can give me. I hope they come back every year. This has been an incredible experience.

I hope I get to see them fly away. I have posted pictures of the two babies - aren't they precious.

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Aug 30, 2015
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answer to your above question
by: Anonymous

It is 14-15 days after they hatch when they fly away.
It is the same amount of time that it takes from laying the eggs to hatching. So, it takes 30 days from the date they make the nest, to the day they fly away.

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Hounds Alert Us To Dove Nest

by Carol
(Commack, NY)

Coonhounds New Friend

Coonhounds New Friend

Our 3 Coonhounds, all rescued, alerted us to a Mourning Dove nest in our backyard. We live on Long Island, New York.

I looked up in a tree, not too high and saw the Dove. The nest looks so small. I took several pictures. My dogs are not howling near her anymore.

Guess they got used to her being here. I went back out toward evening and could swear there was another Dove there!

I just went online to find this is true. The male and female both sit on the eggs. How great to see they share this wonderful event.

It was interesting to read about them. We will be looking for the young ones soon.

Here is my picture.

Carol

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Two Chicks and an Egg

by Janice Jessup
(Virginia Beach, Va)

2 chicks & an egg

2 chicks & an egg

This is the second season for my Mourning Doves here on my front porch in the hanging basket. The doves started coming to the basket at the end of January but no eggs for some time. We had quite a cold and snowy winter here in Virginia Beach!!

One day I climbed my ladder to peer into the basket only to see a single egg. Soon after Mama was always in the nest so expected that she was incubating but that lasted way too long!

Yesterday, I got the ladder out and found 2 young chicks and an egg. I expect the chicks will fledge in about a week, but what is that lonely egg doing there??

All sorts of questions arise; such as, is this the first lonely egg that is no longer viable or is this the beginning of a new clutch? What are your thoughts??

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Third Set Of Nesting Doves

by Sandra
(CA )

2nd set of dove hatchlings

2nd set of dove hatchlings

We had a store bought nest under the covered part of our deck and it has been there since we bought the house - about 6 years ago.

Just this year we noticed doves sitting in it and adding nesting material. They proceeded to do shift change approximately every 12 hours and lo and behold we saw babies about 4 weeks later.

They grew and flew and as soon as they left the parents were preening and mating again.

The sat on a second set of eggs and brought them to full size and they grew and flew. The second set hung around our garden area for at least 2 weeks.

Again the parents preened and mated almost immediately and are sitting again - third time.

It's great to watch.

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Returning Dove Couple

by Janice Jessup
(Virginia Beach, Va)

It was just a few weeks ago on a frigid winter's day when I noticed my dove couple on the rim of the hanging basket at my front porch. The basket has been there since last summer when they last had their 3rd brood.

They appear at the basket every morning and then disappear for the remainder of the day. This evening I peered into the basket, sadly no eggs. They have started to line the basket with pine needles so expect they will occupy when the eggs are laid.




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Doves in Perennial Flower Pot

by Leonor
(Bloomfield, New Jersey)

Was doing some spring cleaning in one of my garden areas, busy raking, clipping dead branches, etc. when suddenly I happen to look above my head to a pot hanging on my fence.

I was taken aback by Miss Mourning Dove nesting in an old perennial pot, just sitting and looking at me as if to say "you are disturbing me" !!

So I proceeded to back away and give her space. She hindered my progress in the cleaning up because I did not want to alarm her...so I finished up that area and left her alone.

I placed some bird seed in a birdbath nearby with a little water and I just hope the squirrels and other critters don't eat it first!!

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A Nest within a Nest

by Tom Carter
(Franklin, TN)

Mama bird in her fancy maternity basket

Mama bird in her fancy maternity basket

Imagine our surprise and delight when a nest appeared along with two eggs in a hanging basket on the front porch of my shop!

They never leave and seem to appreciate the seed and water placed in the basket close to the nest. They are not timid or skittish and even let us pet them very gently on the back a bit.

I have a remote camera set up connected via our web and we watch on camera the nest via our computer.

It is absolutely fascinating!



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Baby Doves 1 Week


These babies are one week old. They were hatched the size of my thumbnail.

This week the feathers are evident and mama & dad are busy feeding their growing children.

Dad seems a bit uninterested but does come in the late afternoons to give mama a break.

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Mother Has Left The Nest

by Janie
(Panama City, FL)

Mother dove and one bird showing

Mother dove and one bird showing

They are in a planter on my patio. I go out each morning and I talk to her because this is the closest I have ever been to one. I think I may done the wrong thing.

The babies are no bigger but she left yesterday and has not returned. Do I need to feed them or what should I do? I can't let them die.

They are pretty big so I thought maybe she had left to give them a chance to fly.

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New York City Doves

by Mark
(New York City)

Dove Nest On Window Ledge

Dove Nest On Window Ledge

I live in New York City on the Upper Westside and I have a nest on a very narrow ledge at my bedroom window.

I have counted at least three nestlings. My cat likes to sit in the window and watch so I have put up a board up on the lower half of the window so she cannot sit there because I am afraid she will scare them.

I worry about them falling off the ledge when they get bigger but at this point, I cannot do anything because it might cause nest abandonment.

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Help Baby Dove Abandoned By Parents

by Terri Steele

Mr and Mrs Dovely

Mr and Mrs Dovely

We have a two mourning doves (Mr and Mrs Dovely) that have layed 4 sets of eggs in our flower box on our deck.

This time the baby dove fell out of the box onto our deck. The mother sat with it for a few hours and then flew off.

I picked up the baby with gloves and put him into a larger flower box on the deck since he was to big for for nest he was born in.

It has been 24hrs and neither parent has returned. What can I feed the baby dove if the mother/father does not return?
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May 24, 2011
Baby Dove
by: Erin

Hey :) I've been re-habbing a baby dove for about 5 days now, the best feeding method I've picked up has been using a baby bottle and a piece of rubber glove. Mix Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula according to package directions, and place the rubber glove section over the end of the bottle.

Secure with the bottle ring. Cut a small slice in the glove piece and the baby will thrust it's beak into the slit while shaking it's wings and peeping at you.

Feed until their crop (area at the base of it's throat) is bulging, don't worry you'll see it when it is, part feathers and look if necessary. 3 times(ish) a day, keep it warm (not too warm, watch for heavy breathing and wing puffing for overheating birds)and make sure you wash your hands!

May 15, 2011

Tough Dove
by: Jeannie

My husband and I witnessed an attack of a falcon on some baby birds. Of course all the birds in the neighborhood were attacking the falcon and it dropped one to the babies it had in it's talons from over 20feet.

The baby survived the attack and the fall with only a small puncture wound on it's back. We have been feeding it Kaytee exact but don't know how old it is and are wondering when to start trying to wean it.

We've had it for 5 days now and it's feathers have filled in but I know she is very young. Just don't know how to proceed. Any help would be appreciated.

May 10, 2010
Baby Dove Care
by: Anonymous

Kaytee Exact is what I feed my baby doves. They love it. Keep Pigeon and dove seed in cage so they can play with it an investigate it. Make sure Exact is no warmer then 102 degrees or it can burn the babies. Depending on their age they should be feed 2-3 times a day. They do not need to be fed during the night. When feeding use a syringe and when the bird has had enough they will pull back and not open the mouth.

Nov 02, 2008
I Know
by: Anonymous

I found a baby dove too, because my dad is in tree debris, at first we didn't know what it was. A lady at pets mart tried to help but couldn't either. Then a customer helped, she was breeder of many animals. She said we should buy a nipple bottle and some "exact" a mixture you can feed a dove baby.

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Dove In Fake Flower Pot

by Melanie
(Fresno, CA)

Our Mama Dove

Our Mama Dove

Here is a photo of our mama dove which made a nest in our planter. The doves have been there for ten days.

She is very cute and is getting used to us very quick. We expect to have baby's in about 5 to 7 days.

I cant wait.

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Two Days Before First Flight

by Barbi
(Irving, TX)

2 babies ready for flight

2 babies ready for flight

I have a nest that always seems to be occupied. The nest is on my balcony where it is pretty quiet and easy for the birds to get to.

I just love watching the activity going on. I watch the "changing of the guard" in the evenings around 7:00 pm.

I get a little sad knowing I will wake up and see that the babies have flown the coop during
the nighttime.

I have attached a photo taken 2 days before they left their nest. It is magnified several times over to get a little closer.

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Doves in winter

by Marg
(Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Pair of Mourning doves on the ground in February.

Pair of Mourning doves on the ground in February.

Pair of Mourning doves on the ground in February. Pair of doves in front tree in Feb. Looks like a coy mother in the background?

This past February I discovered that we had mourning doves in our backyard, which has some natural forest and lots of trees.

Over the years I have often heard the soft hoo-hooing of a bird, and thinking it was an owl, I really only determined these to be mourning doves this winter when I noticed a group of 4 soft grey, plump birds sunning themselves on a warm winter day and eating on the natural forest floor just behind our home.

I have since then seen these birds more regularly, and a pair has occasionally been seen in my front pine tree.

Lately I am not seeing them very often, and they are quiet since they have been nesting and most likely taking turns on the nest.

I also just learned that they may have several different broods in a season. Yesterday I noticed one nesting in the wisteria of the gardens outside my workplace.

Apparently their numbers are increasing in Nova Scotia, which is nice to know.

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Jun 20, 2015
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Dove eggs
by: Marg

They are small white round eggs I believe.

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by: Gene

Doves do use Robin nest. Robins lay one egg each day, usually 4 eggs are laid. Robins leave each egg and do not begin incubation until the last egg is laid. This leaves the nest unattended and the Doves may move in. The Robins will probably run the doves off.

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Will Doves hatch robin eggs?
by: Anonymous

Will a dove lay blue eggs? Or take over a nest where a robbin has layed eggs?

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Afra & Mungo hatchings at our windowsill

by Moni Rashidy
(West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA)

And this is where it all started from. Two eggs.

I spotted a pair of eggs at our windowsill on June 7,2015. Here are the pictures and how I followed their life cycle:

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Lake Erie Dove

by Jill
(Woodstock, Ontario, Canada)

We found this gem living in our dead hanging fern. She flew out when we were close by, but came back. When she was gone, we noticed these eggs as well. There seem to be 2 but possibly 3.

He or she seemed nervous as we did yard work over the weekend, but we were very strict on respecting her space so we wouldn't disturb her.

We have just started enjoying bird watching, and this is very interesting. This is taking place at our cottage on the shore of Lake Erie in Low Banks Ontario. We will return to the cottage next weekend where we hope to find the birds hatched ; We don't know when the bird laid the eggs, but with a short incubation period, it could be soon.

We haven't noticed if this is a male or female, it's hard to tell. I will add pictures of the babies if we are lucky enough to see them.

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