Our dove hatched yesterday morning and now there is not a parent with the baby. She was there this morning but hasn't been seen all day long. What can we do? Notice how she made her nest in the hanging basket.
Several weeks ago, my family and I were in our backyard grilling some hamburgers, when a bird suddenly flew out from under the porch.
We had no idea that a nest had been built…on the top wrung of our ladder. It’s leaning up against a wall by our porch and now it’s home to a family of doves.
Try explaining that to your neighbor when he calls to borrow your ladder.
Whenever I let my dog out in the morning, I would go out and wish a "good morning" to the mama dove and she would stare blankly back at me.
There was some discussion in the beginning as to whether or not she was even real, since she sits pretty much motionless.
We now know, thanks to this website, that its not just the mama bird that sits on the nest, but the daddy bird as well. Which is kind of cool.
The parallel was not lost on my husband.
I would sit at my kitchen table doing some work, watching the mama bird sit there motionless. Talk about patience. She's definitely in line for "Mother of the Year".
Finally, after two long weeks, there appeared two large baby birds. It was kind of humorous seeing them all, mama and babies, crammed into that nest.
After a few days, the baby birds moved out of the nest and into the shrubs.
It took them a couple of days to get the hang of flying and not smacking into my windows upon takeoff, but eventually they were pros at being birds and I'm sure they are happy in a tree somewhere not far from my house.
This was a really fun experience to watch and I love all the great things my kids and I have learned from the Dove Family.
I think the Dove Family has adopted us too, because they're raising more baby birds…on the top wrung of our ladder.
First time I noticed a pair of doves nesting is when the picture on the tv was going on and off.
I went upstairs looked out of the bedroom window, and noticed a dove passing twigs to its partner as one of them was building a nest on back of my satellite dish.
They were building the nest for a couple of days and I noticed fallen twigs on the path below the dish.
One day as I looked out of the window to see how they were getting on I noticed the doves were no longer there.
It looked as if they had left a half built nest. Thinking to myself they must have gone elsewhere.
A few hours later the picture on the tv went off again, so I went out of the back door looked up and our featherd friends had returned and roosting on the nest.
Daily me and the wife open the window to see how they are getting on and not once do they look alarmed at our presence in doing so.
My wife has named them Boris & Doris and with all the satellite dishes all around us we are honoured they have choosen ours to nest.
Mr M Dickinson Nottingham England
Satellite Doves Update
Took a better picture of my satellite doves who are still nesting, On reading about the birds its Boris nesting during the day and Doris takes over later in the evening.
The food we have been putting out has been taken by them as well with other birds, just hope the chicks stay on the nest when they hatch being such a small nest, fingers crossed.
Rosie & Jim
Satellite Doves Baby's Have Left The Nest
Like most things in life baby's are born, they grow up, then they leave and that's what happened to Boris & Doris young.
Over the weeks we watched the eggs hatch and slowly they grew bigger and bigger so much so Boris & Doris couldn't roost on the nest with them.
Then my wife noticed the baby doves "By the way, the wife called them Rosie and Jim" on the front of the dish and then they took there first flight and left, "a sad moment" and we didn't see them for a while until we saw fluttering in the tree in our garden and it was mum & dad feeding the baby's, it was a relief that they were ok.
I hope they will nest again on the dish it was a pleasure watching them progress.
We love our visiting doves. This has been going on annually since we moved in 2012. This is a three generation picture taken this 2014 season. Each year they build a new flimsy nest in the same place.
All of a sudden, a little tail or two will be hanging above the nest.
Then, they'll leave the nest to learn to fly. Momma and Pappa tend to all fly off together beginning with ground lessons. Once they leave the nest, they don't return until next year.
Just As last year, the little ones appear to be learning what the ground feels like, air surrounding them now that they're not protected by the walls of the nest or their parent's body. They may be there for a couple of hours or more.
I attached another picture of them finding protection of the rocks we just had delivered in our yard.
I'll journal on paper for next years visit. So fun to witness! :0)
I was about to take down my old hanging baskets from last year when I noticed a dove sitting in it. Not long after there were 2 eggs. Then came 2 chicks. Very interesting to watch. Waiting to see what happens next! Hope the babies make it. We live right in town so I hope they do.
A couple weeks ago I was working in the garage and I heard a commotion on the sidewalk. I walked out to find a baby bird being pecked at by what I thought was a Pigeon.
It looked like it had probably fallen out of a 30 foot Palm tree. expecting it to be dead because of the intense pecking of the adult bird, I walked up to it expecting to dispose of it.
To my surprise, it was alive and didn't seem to have any wounds. Totally expecting it to die during the night, I put it under a cardboard box at the side of the house.
First thing the next morning I went out to once again dispose of it and it was very much alive. Perplexed as to how to feed it I tried several things, but never did decide on what was right.
He was old enough that I thought if I could somehow keep it alive for a few days, it might get old enough to eat seed.
I finally settled on mixing bottled water with sugar and dipping a drinking straw into the water and forcing his beak into the end of the straw.
For several days this was the only nourishment I could figure to give it. Sugar water works for Humming Birds, so maybe it will work.
I finally located some baby bird food at Petsmart, but after getting it home and reading the directions, I returned it because according to the directions, Walter (initially thought he was a pigeon) was big enough to eat seed.
Way to late to make this a short story, but two weeks later and Walter is thriving. I put him in a cage that was originally for my daughters puppy.
I put some river rock and a lot of seed on the floor to get him used to foraging among the rocks for food.
Two days ago I opened the cage door to let him experience nature and he flew off for the cover of a Texas sage bush in the back yard.
After a little while I went looking for him and he was still under the bush. I put my hand down and he climbed on. I put him back in the cage.
Same thing the next day. This morning I opened the cage door and he took off for the tree next door.
Totally expecting him to take off for good, I went out to clean the cage a couple hours later and there was Walter on top of the cage.
Well, tonight Walter is in his cage, again, and tomorrow will continue with what I have been doing. He is a very sweet little guy.
I noticed two doves in one of our hanging flower baskets one day. I love birds so this excited me!
Some time went on and I didn't think much of it (and I didn't see the birds again). My husband and I went on a trip and when we came home our house-sitter told us there was a bird in our basket outside of our bedroom window.
I did some research and learned about their nesting process and realized she/he must have some eggs in there. Our dogs were oblivious, thankfully.
And before we knew it there were two chicks in the nest. I watched them from afar and was so excited. I took this picture one day before a walk and when we came home they were gone.
There is a bird in the same basket again, I'm hoping they like it here! :)
What a great surprise I found when watering my hanging plant. 2 little eggs. Husband and I thoroughly enjoyed watching from the beginning until the nest was empty and the babies were in the yard with Mom.
?! Where are the previous residents; and what have you done with the children?!
Coming to and from my house I was met with quite a surprise on my front porch; a mud nest. The nest was literally not there one day, there the next.
With a little research I discovered this was a swallow's nest; verified by a sighting soon after. I was able to peek in the nest and discovered four eggs.
A week or so later I came home to find three of the eggs broken/missing and only one remaining in the nest. The couple had departed as well. So very sad.
About a month or so later; out of curiosity I happened to look in the nest though there had been no signs of the couple.
I was shocked to discover four more eggs! Mom and dad never made an appearance but about a week later as I was leaving the house I was met with a dove atop the nest!
She looked at me, I looked at her; I found her to be quite bold considering the circumstances.
She provided no explanation as to why/when she moved in and most importantly, what became of the former residents (I say she as it became apparent with some time and research that the "calm" one was the female).
I noticed she was sitting rather high on the nest; the couple had installed new flooring so to speak. A nice layer of twigs.
I'm quite perplexed at this point and come home to find the nest unoccupied giving me the opportunity to take a peek. Two dove eggs!
The nesting material is deep and though I can't see under this newly installed layer, I suspect the swallows' eggs are under this layer; bit of an egg sandwich so to speak.
At this point we're getting to know each other. Dad has a more sensitive startle response; which lead to my own startle response, and ultimately to a sprained pinkie (that's another story but lucky for him, I don't carry a grudge).
I've been coming and going via the back door as much as I can in an effort to support a peaceful hatching experience and to minimize the risk of further abandonment. At some point I suspect I'll start taking this abandonment personally..
Regarding the previous couple, I have more questions than answers. Did they find themselves, as first time parents, overwhelmed by the prospect of raising four little ones?
Were they called away on an emergency leaving Mr. and Mrs. Dove in charge never suspecting they were the sort that would invoke squatters rights taking their home and abandoning their children only to raise their own?
I've grieved this loss and now focus on the impending arrival of two little fluffy lives. And lots of poop....