Last month I had a Morning Dove decide to nest in my hanging petunia on my back deck.
I didn’t want her there restricting my deck usage, so I removed her nest; yet she came back the next day and built another. So I removed it again!
This time I filled the spot in the basket with a large dragon candle to discourage her once and for all.
However, she had other plans as she shoved the candle out of the basket, built another nest, and laid an egg by the time I came home from work on that third day!
We learned to coexist and she allowed me to water the other plants on my deck.
Once, I got too close so she flew away and I could peek at her nest and saw that her egg had hatched into a beautiful chick!
There was also a second egg that had not hatched which I thought best to remove.
Several weeks later I noticed that neither Momma nor Poppa Dove had been to the nest for several days and the chick, now considerably bigger, had been hiding in the petunias to get out of the glaring sun.
I was really worried they had abandoned her because of something I had done! I checked on her and she was quite annoyed with me.
I prayed and prayed that the parents would come back and finally got the nerve to look in on her and she had successfully flown the coup!!!
I was so relieved and happy for her.
Later that evening, she came back and spent several hours sitting on the deck. I like to think she was telling me she was going to be ok!
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Hello, April 12 we noticed a nest with a single egg in the hanging baskets by our front door. The next morning a second egg was noted.
Unfortunately, spring is busy at this time so the parents got frightened off the nest a few times before they figured out we were okay.
We ignored them coming and going and kept our dog on a leash. One egg hatched on May 3rd with no signs of the other egg. No shell fragments, nada.
The male bird appeared to have an Injured wing as he bolted from the nest when a visitor peered into the nest, fell to the grown and scrambled across the street.
He returned to the nest 10 minutes later but a wing is not right.
Yesterday morning we heard a lot of cooing for several hours. As we left home around 11 am all was fine.
Arriving home at 7:15 pm last night everything is gone. No birds, no nest...it's like they were never there. The female did not return to the nest last night.
Would this have been a predator or did the squab fly off in a week. Normally I would guess predator, however there was a lot of cooing in the early am so am wondering if the parents encouraged the little one to fly.
Typical predators here are squirrels, cats and Hawks. Also heard raccoons across the street a few nights ago.
My morning ritual usually consists of a hot cup of coffee & at least an hour on the patio tending to my plants, hummingbird feeder & fountain.
Yesterday, started in the usual way. I opened the back door wide to get the fresh air. I went to the west facing side of my patio...rotated hanging baskets, filled the fountain, watered plants on that side.
Headed to the NE facing side of patio, watered, turned the first basket, went to turn the second & whoosh! Dove flew up & away, scaring me half to death. Wasn't expecting such a glorious surprise!
I carefully watered the plant & went indoors for a bit. I often see the pair of doves, noticed their comings & goings. I honestly didn't notice the nest building!
I work from home & I spend a significant portion of my day on the patio. I enjoy mornings there as well as evenings glass of wine, opera...it's my retreat. A family of doves moving in is quite unexpected.
I really enjoy the busy lives of all the birds that frequent my patio...cardinals, blue jays, hummingbirds, & finch.
This though...this was special. Feels much more like an honor that they have chosen my patio & my hanging basket. I really look forward to watching the family. I can definitely post photos of the babies too.
We live on the top floor of a 5-story apartment building in Salem, Oregon. We have a balcony that overlooks a courtyard.
The courtyard is an inner courtyard protected by the four sides of the building which enclose it.
From the railing of this balcony we have hung four planters on the inner side of the balcony, again offering some protection.
Each planter is made with a cocoa liner and had had some grasses and some petunias and other annual flowers.
This winter was so relatively warm that some of our annuals have survived through it.
I had just purchased new liners, more soil, all ready to start fresh for the spring. I stepped out with my morning coffee and best laid plans to start changing the planters when I spotted the dove amidst the grassy leaves.
My camera was handy and the dove didn't give any indication of being concerned.
Even though I had opened a door and stepped outside, and took a picture, the bird took no notice of me.
As I watched through the day it seemed more like a sundial than a bird, turning about in different directions. And quite settled in.