It's approaching 2 weeks since Doves began nesting behind the eagle plaque over my front door here in Sacramento! How exciting!
I have enjoyed seeing and hearing many Doves in my neighborhood but this is the first time I have had any nest in my yard or near my home.
The two doves have left quite a litter of discarded twigs and leaves at the threshold of my home and I have resorted to using my side entrance for entering and leaving my home.
Likewise, a sign I made alerts visitors and deliveries to my side door as to not startle the new family.
What I enjoy most about all this is that these Doves chose to make their nest behind the brass American Eagle plaque I placed over my front door a couple of years ago.
It seems as if the mighty eagle is giving the nest it's protection behind it's outstretched wings! (I think it's made for a pretty interesting photo.) I used a Canon SX200 IS with telephoto lense from approx 15 feet away.
Lighting wasn't exactly the greatest since the porch over the entrance casts quite a bit of shadow...but all in all the image wasn't half bad.
I haven't exactly seen a "shift change" take place but I did watch while the two parents were apparently taking great interest in what was going on inside the nest yesterday.
(Is it possible that one or more egg has already hatched?)
In the spring of 2009 our mourning doves again searched for a delightful and safe spot for their nest.
Initially, they tried to build on top of a hurricane shutter over our kitchen window, but the shutter slopes down at about a 65 - 70 degree angle and was causing their haphazard method of throwing together a nest to be very unsuccessful.
Interestingly, the year prior, however, a pair of doves were successful in building a nest in that same spot and had two babies.
Maybe, just maybe, it is one of those fledglings who was now to trying to build a nest (or one of the original parents - sure wish they wore name tags).
The hurricane shutter is under a patio roof so it is an ideal spot, protected from rain, but still getting the wind that Florida springs can bring.
With the angle highly problematic, the doves finally gave up on that location.
Shortly thereafter, I noticed the doves collecting nesting material and placing it on top of our wall A/C unit in our southern exposure Florida Room.
This also is a fairly ideal location, because it has a protective overhang from the roof and gutters, but it still get the winds as they blow easterly or westerly.
They attempted for nearly a week and a half and the materials were blowing away due to high winds the end of March. I doubted that they were ever going to be successful.
It was interesting to watch their dogged determination with our incredible birds-eye view (our sliders are on each side of the A/C unit but the doves cannot see us due to the privacy/reflective film on the sliders).
Day after day, all the nesting materials were being blown away - poor little workers. I felt so badly for them.
We had begun packing up to get ready for our return up north. The day before leaving, I took a last walk around, checking to be certain every task outside was accomplished and taking the last photos of my aquatic birds in the lake out back, when, to my delight and utter surprise, I saw one of the sweet doves sitting on a fairly well formed nest on top of our A/C unit.
She looked very pleased to have accomplished her task. I wished her well and hoped to see her and her family in the fall.
I'm attaching a photo (or two - not sure how many I can provide)showing how most would not notice her up there.
In the fall, we had more mourning doves than ever and felt for certain some of them were the same family. How delightful!!
Where would a dove couple build a safe nest away from harm and prey? On a wicker chair out on an upstairs outdoor deck, of course.
We were fascinated watching our dove couple pick out their spot and slowly build a precarious little nest by bringing in twigs and pushing them around on the chair.
Finally the nest was built, and two eggs were laid.
We were able to see this couple and their actions very close up by watching them through the window, which is 3 feet from the chair. (They couldn't see us) We watched them make the "shift change" from male to female, and also watched one of the birds fly in and try to "patch up" the nest a bit after a windy day.
Finally, we saw some moving little bits of furry feather under the parent bird, and then were able to watch the mother feed the little beak of one of the birds when its head tumbled out a little bit from under her.
This was very interesting! It looked like she was regurgitating into the baby bird's beak, (which was what she was doing)
This may be the same couple who built a nest in our fern plant last year, but since I took the plant down, they decided on the wicker chair.
Now we will watch these birds up close through the window until the babies are grown and fly away.
Much to my delight one beautiful sunny morning here in the Houston area I got quite a scare as I was watering my plants on the back patio.
As I neared a potted palm (near the baker's rack) to quench it's thirst a bird flew off right in front of my head!
It flew to the fence and perched there for a bit and I got a better look.
Of course I had no idea what kind of a bird this was and by then 2 birds (I'm thinking mom and pop) flew back to the baker's rack on my back patio so I had time to grab the camera.
Once I had a couple photos I emailed them to a bird lover who told me they were doves.
I quickly googled them and sure enough...found out they were Mourning Doves!
Up until now I haven't been an avid bird watcher, as such...I take notice of birds and enjoy watching when the opportunity presents itself...but having these birds so close by is so sweet!
The doves nested on my baker's rack tucked away all cozy in a corner of the shelf and then there were two little white eggs...that have now hatched.
I didn't want to take a picture of the babies because I was scared that the flash would go off and I didn't want to blind them!
The birds seem to have grown accustomed to me as I continue to putter about the patio watering my plants.
I am saddened today though because I had a chance to peek at the babies in the nest and one bird appears to have possibly died because it's much smaller than the other baby and I couldn't notice it breathing. The other baby looks very good.
Mama (I believe) was perched on that back fence while I quickly stole that look at the babies.
I'm not sure what will take place from here on.
I just feel so bad for the doves that one of the babies might have died.
I have two wonderful little mourning doves making a nest under my AC window unit! I have been watching them for the past two days build the nest, and really love it.
But, this leads me to a serious question that I hope someone could answer for me. They are building a nest under my AC unit, and summer will be here in a few weeks. I will be turning on the AC eventually.
Do you think the noise will bother them?
I am thinking it might and am wondering if I should break up the nest building now, before they lay their eggs. Which I really don't want to do because in NYC, we don't get much wildlife.
Also, they wake up at 6 AM, and once the little babies arrive, will that drive me crazy? They are literally 3 feet way from my bed. I live in a studio, so there is no moving to another room for me unfortunately.
Can an expert give me some advice please?! I would hate to break up the fun before it really gets started, but don't want to them lay eggs and then have a problem!
Do you think they already laid the eggs? They wouldn't do that while building the nest would they?
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Every spring in Northern Virginia we enjoy hearing the cooing of Mourning Doves claiming their territory and letting all know nesting time is coming.
This year a lovely couple decided to make our home their home. It was unusually cold with high winds in the the past few weeks and of course rainy in the month of April and have to say as unusual as it may be they picked the perfect place to nest.
Under the back corner nestled under our Townhouse deck, next to the walls of our house and on top of our Beach Buggy!
During the winter months we hang our beach buggy nestled under that same spot to keep it stored and out of the snow.
The good news is we will not need to use our buggy until June so I do not have to move the nest or the couple.
After the babies hatch and leave, I will have to move them out - hopefully they can re-nest nearby.
I will try to move the nest close by under the rafter of the deck - but not on the beach buggy.
For days the 2 birds built the nest, then one bird, I though was the female nested down while what I thought was the male flew back and forth bring twigs to build.
But it seemed after the nest was built, I only saw the female with the male never returning.
I was concerned about the mother nesting bird not eating - until I read your information about how they take turns.
But why do they not both nest together?
Looking forward to seeing the family - hope it all goes well.
From wild-bird-watching.com Each is incubating the eggs keeping them warm and turning the eggs regularly.
If both were there together and both gone at the same time, the eggs would get cold and not hatch.
One is feeding while the other is incubating. It gives them the best chance at raising young.