We live in Florida. Our back patio and yard face a small pond.
Wildlife are always plentiful by the pond, especially mornings. We regularly see Herons, egrets, snake birds, black birds, a red cardinal and once in a while, an eagle perches atop a pine tree at the pond edge.
However, recently we noticed a mourning dove coming and going in the back yard. (casing the area?) Soon afterwards another appeared, apparently its mate.
Then, lo and behold, they began building a nest atop the unused ceiling fan on our patio. The reason this was possible is that the last 3 hurricanes blew out our patio screens.
After the last one we quit replacing them. This enabled these birds to come and go.
I am amazed though, since we also come and go on the patio, taking our 3 shelties out, or eating at the patio table which is directly under the ceiling fan.
I am amazed the bird feels so safe up there. We smile each time we look up now.
Update On The Ceiling Fan Doves
The Dovelings Have Arrived
My husband and I went away on vacation. Before we left the mom & pop doves were still coming and going, but no sign of birth.
We did however, once see them both take away a half shell...so we wondered if one of the eggs was a dudd, since there were still no hatchlings.
Then...we got back from vacation, and checked the patio and lo and behold, the miracle of birth occurred while we were away. Two adorable hatchlings are now part of our family of doves.
Lovey Dovey built her nest about 2 weeks ago on our door opener. We are pretty sure her mate (found a dead dove in the yard) was killed in a hail storm or by the neighbor cat.
We have provided water and wild bird seed for her but not sure if she is eating it. I will post an update and more pictures of the fledglings when they pop up!!
After weeks of worry we finally got a peek at the babies yesterday when mama left the nest. She was gone quite a long time so more worry if she was able to come back, well not only did mama return but long lost papa was with her.
I have a feeling unbeknownst to us they were switching all along. We were relieved to see her mate was not the dead bird we found in the yard.
I am guessing they are about 8 days old. A week ago we saw white egg shell pieces in the driveway along with some Hawk droppings so then we worried the nest had been attacked, but she stuck to her business and you can see the results!!
one parent on top of babies--day before they fledged
We hung out a small birdhouse for house finches.
It has a peaked roof and is hung up against a porch pillar. A pair of mourning doves decided to use the roof to build a nest.
They had twigs sticking out into space, but persisted!
The nest was completed and the birds began setting on it. The location is right outside our bedroom sliding door, and they can see us and we can watch them.
My husband can even water the patio plants by moving slowly and carefully, and avoiding looking directly at them.
Finally the eggs hatched. We could barely stand to watch as the babies hung onto the little nest, sometimes getting their balance by flapping a little wing. It was nerve wracking, more for us than for them!
In a couple weeks the fledgings took off, after having survived the crowded nest on the little birdhouse roof. (photo of one parent and babies attached)
We wanted to remove the birdhouse before they started again, but in only one day mom and dad were repairing the nest and starting another batch!
I guess we'll just hold our breath and hope no one falls out this time. They are wonderful to watch, though, and we are hoping for another successful brood.
While cutting my grass the other day I heard a sound and saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a bird nest build in/on a ladder that was hanging from a neighbors shed.
I got my own ladder and soon discovered 2 white eggs in a flimsy built nest. My wife and I took many photos of the eggs and were glad to see on the pair of doves return and one to sit on the eggs. The other was on a wire not far away.
We took many photo's of the one dove sitting on the eggs.
Today the contractors were here to put new shingles on our roof. The sitting dove did not leave the nest all day while they were here/.
They finally left for a little while when the noise from the roofers stopped.
When the weather warmed up, I noticed small branches at the entrance to my front door.
Thinking the wind had blown them there, I would sweep them up and not give it another thought. However, one day I looked up at my gutter downspout and there was a nesting bird.
At first I thought she was too close to my front door and I should have her removed...After considering for a moment, I decided to leave her alone to continue her nesting process. (I now use my garage door exclusively) so that I won't bother her or frighten her away.
I went online and found that she is a "Mourning Dove". I have asked my friends to call before they come over so that I can let them in through my garage door.
I call her Gertrude, Gertie for short. I will leave her alone until her nest is empty; then, I will have my Condo Association remove the nest and install flashing to keep the area bird free.
However, I am really enjoying watching her process. She is beautiful, very quiet and even if I open the door to view her, she seems just fine with that.
Comments for Gertrude, (Gertie) the Downspout Dove
Well I'm 15, pretty much a youngin' and not very aware of how bird watching works. I have a lamp that hangs outside my front porch from the ceiling roof on my house.
A Mourning Dove chose the top of this lanp for nesting. A weird but very wise choice. By wise I mean; covered and protected from weather, and also surrounded by a family of humans that wishes to due her no harm.
I think she realizes that now. I'm very surprised by how calm she is by us. Her nest is about 5ft. from my front door, and there's a lot of us walking in and out several times throughout the day coming within 2 ft of her sometimes and she remains.
I think she is no longer frightened by us at all anymore. She's been around for about a week now.
The first night I saw her nesting, when she saw me she flew away. I felt very bad. I thought she'd abandoned her nest.
The next morning when she still wasn't there I felt even worse, BUT when I arrived back from school that afternoon there she was, and she hasn't left or been startled off again since then.
I think she's going to be laying eggs soon. When she does and the babies come, I will send some more pictures.
I was enjoying my morning ritual in my master bath, then all of a sudden I heard the 'coos' coming from the toilet area, which is in it's own room with a door. Oh, my heart was feeling the joy, the Doves have returned.
You see, for a couple of weeks earlier, I noticed twigs, leaves and feathers on the floor, near the toilet. They were entering through the window that I always leave open.
On the accompanying deck, I spotted the love-doves cooing and grooming each other, I silently welcomed them into my bathroom.
For they must have felt secure, so in they went and built their nest resting above the light fixture. At this moment, both of the doves are sitting on the nest.
Guess I better start using another bathroom, don't want to alarm this precious Dove Family.
Comments for Doves Nesting in my Bathroom Light Fixture
Wood Dove nesting in tiny cardboard box! Eggs not hatching :(
by Louise Larsen
Nesting wood dove in a tiny box
Last year we had a nest built on the 4X6 beam on our porch.
So this spring I went took a chance and nailed a variety of boxes near that 4X6 beam to see if that helped any birds this year.
Well, the finches used the back of the big cardboard box with a hole cut in it, which no bird would go into. And a big, chubby wood dove has settled into the tiniest of boxes, with her tail and butt often left hanging out.
It's also close to the walkway so I'm worried about her.
We never see her leave and she's been sitting alone in that tiny box for almost 3 weeks now. She doesn't seem to eat or drink and none of her eggs have hatched in close to 3 weeks of sitting there non-stop.