This is the second time we have had a morning dove sitting to nest on the ground around our front porch.
It's been a few years in between, but I think it's Molly again. The last time I worried and would talk to her to say her housing choice was not the best.
While we were away on work trips we ask neighbors to just keep an eye and drop some food in the area.
Honestly the babies waited for us to get back before Molly let them fly off from the nest. It was quite something. They did come back by later in the spring too.
Now this time she is under our weeping cherry sitting on two quarter size whitish eggs where I found her as I bent in to weed. She just scooted over a little and when I backed out she went back to sit on the eggs.
We just hope we have the same outcome as last time since we leave tomorrow for a work trip and will not be back until Thursday.
It is possible she started in the weeping cherry in a nest this time and the nest didn't hold, but it's so thick we can't see in there.
My husband said the father will bring food, but how likely is she possibly a single mother?
It's cold and rainy today and we hate to leave her there chilly on the ground sitting on the two eggs. Hope she is here on our return.
We live on the 19th floor birds never fly in. One day my roommate and I were talking and I see this BEAUTIFUL white dove.
Amazed we just watched him thru the window. He kept coming back everyday. He would follow me from balcony to balcony.
One day I was in the kitchen cooking I could see him and started recording him he flew right up to me he started cooing I was hooked.
I stared putting pictures of him on Facebook and asked my friends what should I name him. Angel is his name.
I work strange hours in retail and was not home much for the holidays but he always comes. I do feed him and give him freshwater but I was at another condo in our building and he came looking for me he heard my voice.
I went back to the 19th floor and watched him going everywhere looking for me as soon as he finds me he starts to coo.
He looks at me like where the hell have you been. I'm afraid the condo association will become upset with him making a mess, I don't know what to do. I love Angel
We could hear these doves for days it seemed but couldn't see anything. Then Penelope D. Drinxwell got involved.
She's my 5 yr old black "classic tuxedo" indoor cat.
We could see her take sudden and extreme interest right outside the living room window. The smallish evergreen in the corner surrounded by our window frame/wall and front door entrance) was obviously the new digs for The Dove Family.
Once, one of them actually had the nerve to sit right on the window ledge (resting during the home-building process no doubt) with nothing to separate Penny and their innocent little heads but 1/16" of window screen mesh.
Penny licked her chops, crouched low, even made envious low hissing sounds to alert us to the intruder right outside the house. She pawed the screen lightly with a few taps but that was all.
In a few days she accepted that the Dove Family was here to stay or at least until the kids were born and ready to go off to college!
According to my calculations, the babies will appear around 5/15.... and by June---off to school.
As I go out to retrieve the mail, I can easily see right into their doorway ( a naturally-opened space between branches, perfect for entrance and exits; big enough for any pizza delivery too)
I see the father perched on the nest during the day, with no more coo-ing. Their condo's built, the eggs are laid, now they just need to keep quiet and incubate them.
He doesn't move an inch as I walk by to get the mail, he looks like a Bird's Eye Frozen Food package. Sometimes he actually reads the paper.
Hoping to grab a pic of the babies as soon as they crack open, but without bothering the parents or giving Penny a heart attack.
I've already named one of the two kids: Shindig O'Pasta ( don't ask!).... anyway, here's Penny first, soon I'll show the kids.
This year is the beginning of my birdwatching journey and I have been trying to create a bird haven in my backyard.
I have purchased a few feeders and birdbaths and have planted vegetation to entice them to spend time in my area. My husband even bought me a Oklahoma bird guide book.
I have been having a great time trying to identify all the different birds I see and what their habits are.
A few weeks ago I walked out my front door and was admiring the new blooms on my Crepe Mrytle tree.(Yes, I know they are usually shrubs, but ours was pruned to grow into a tree of approximately 14 feet tall) I looked up, and to my surprise, there was a mourning dove perched in a nest.
I called my hubby out to look at it. He was amazed that it had made a nest so close to the front door.
The nest looked so flimsy that I was nervous that a good Oklahoma wind would blow it right out of the branches. This peaked my curiosity so onto the internet I went.
So much information.....I found out that they only lay two eggs in a brood and the young leaves the nest after 12-14 days. WOW!! Seems like such a short time with mom and dad.
The male sits on the nest during the day and the female trades out for the night shift. Way to go Dad:)
We have been watching the nest for the last 10 days. Today when I walked outside there was evidence of birds overhead by way of bird droppings all over the sidewalk below the nest.
I looked up and there they were, the adult and the two babies. I worried that maybe they might get spooked as I swept off the walk but they never flinched.
The nest is only about eight feet off the ground.
I decided to push my luck. Since the nest was above my head, I pulled a patio chair over closer to get a better look. They were too cute to pass up a picture.
I was able to get about three feet away from them and they never moved. Above is a picture I took with my phone.
I started noticing twigs all over in a corner above our front door. I kept sweeping them away only to discover more the next day.
Why I looked up I don't know, but there sat a beautiful dove. So my husband and I started watching. Checked out the internet on their habits. Watched for the babies. Low and behold one day I noticed a couple of little heads.
Soon they started getting larger until one day I just stood there and one flew away. I was saddened to think the one was left by itself, not for long. Probably the next day the other flew off.
So before long, here they came again. Going through the same ritual. Today 2 little doves are getting ready to fly away.
I am not a bird watcher but this has been a beautiful experience.
A Dove Family Again, and this is Bittersweet This Year
by M.L. McCroskey
A Little Dove in a planter again...
I posted some pictures on this site and stories, LAST year! (I have Doves in a hanging Planter Too)
I thought I didn't want more doves on my porch, because last year I had TWO sets of babies born, and the planter was a different one, which was in the corner of my porch.
I sure had a LOT of seed-looking little black baby bird dew to sweep up that Fall, when I finally cleaned the porch!
But then again, I missed coming out, seeing the baby birds growing up, and watching the mom and dad take turns and come and go :)
So this year, I got another smaller planter, and put just a few artificial flowers around the edge, and hung in towards the front of the porch, still under an eave so they would stay dry.
Sure enough, I noticed a bird flying away every time I opened the front door, and a nest slowly coming in there on top of the hanging moss, which was inside.
After a while, when you open the door, since it IS farther away from the door, she just calmly sits! It will be easier to clean up there as well.
I am attaching a photo of the little young dove in the nest. It's really sunny out today, so she looks like she's in the shade a lot, but she isn't.
I hope I get to see the little babies. I might have to be moving this summer, the house that I live in is owned by family, and we have all struggled to hold onto it, even after a couple of us lost jobs and some of us who couldn't find another.
We even got on a government plan to "save your house"...but it was too little, too late.
I will miss this house if we have to leave, so this is kind of bittersweet, watching a little dove bring some new life into this world, while we might be leaving this life we have known for nine years now.
Wish us all luck, and we appreciate your prayers too--for the dove family, and for ours! Thanks!! MM
Comments for A Dove Family Again, and this is Bittersweet This Year
We have lived in the Hi Desert of southern California for just over 3 years surrounded by quail, mourning doves, roadrunners, hummingbirds and a wide variety of other wildlife.
The first couple of years we lived here, we fed all of them until the pigeons started joining in. When we reached 65 pigeons, we stopped feeding but provide fresh water at least twice daily, more often as needed.
For the last several weeks, the mourning doves have begun congregating by our pool, far away from their other water sources and former feeding area.
We put a green concrete bird bath in the area which they all loved. As more doves arrived, we added a second birdbath which is identical to the first one except it is brown instead of green. We have to use concrete because of wind.
The doves do not use the brown birdbath. No matter how many there are, up to dozens, they only use the green one.
We bought both of them at the same time from the same vendor and have cleaned them both in the same manner since we have had them.
Yesterday we switched the tops (see photo) to see if it made any difference. They still prefer the green bowl.
Several are just staring at the bowls now while looking very confused. I guess we should switch them back?
We work on oil well site in Huntington Beach, Ca We have Palm Trees here and the morning Doves were nesting in them.
One has taking a liking to humans and hangs with all of us every day. She will fly in the office, when the door is open, and hang on your desk or your head for awhile.
She will follow all of us employees around the yard and make your day a lot brighter because she is in it. We all here have adopted her and she us, we feed her now and watch over her.
It has been amazing how a little bird can brighten up my day like nothing else. I enjoy her welcoming me and the other employees at work with her sitting on our chair, or head, or computer or the like.
The pictures I have attached is of Birdie that we all call her on my head and one on my computer.