Easter Morning Mourning Dove Nesting On My Patio

by Anne
(Fountain Hills, Az, USA)

doves nesting in potted plant on patio

doves nesting in potted plant on patio

Mourning Dove Nesting on Patio

I was wondering why this dove was standing on the edge of one of my clay pot on the top shelf of my wooden planting table.

It was Easter morning just a couple of days ago and I was thinking how lovely it was that I had a dove on Easter morning.

Someone tall, (I'm too short to see up there!) saw an egg in the pot. That was when I realized that we had a nest!

Thank goodness I had not cleaned out the old soil from the last planting season, so there is a nice base for a pretty nest.

I was worried that night because it was surprisingly cold in Arizona and there was no Dove.

After putting up with us in and out all day long, and being so patient with our Easter Egg hunt, I wondered why the nest seemed abandoned and was very worried about that egg.
Dove Standing With Nest Material in Bill

Dove Bringing Nest Material

But the next morning a dove was back. I guess the Daddy now that I'm reading about this.

When he left, I checked the nest and now there were two eggs!

The nest is being faithfully tended at this point and I admit I am excited to see babies in a couple of weeks.

I only hope all goes well.

The nest is right next to my Arcadia door and I can peek out to check on Mom and Dad whenever I want.

My four year old grandson, who saw the first egg, is very excited and is getting telephone reports about the dove.

In the meantime I am smoking (yes, you can throw rocks at me later!) on my front walkway so I don't disturb this little family.

And my plans to replant the pots with my spring herbs will have to wait for a few weeks!

I am posting a picture taken through the window as I did not want to frighten the bird by being outside.

Please forgive the dirty window. It's been a rainy spring!

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May 16, 2021
dove nest
by: Gene

Never put food in or near a nest as it will attract predators that will also do damage to eggs and nestlings.

May 16, 2021
Doves on my Proch
by: SS2021

Being very worried and after crying and still crying...looked in google and found your article because doves left their two eggs in their nest made in big flower pot hanging above my letter box.

They never leave their eggs. Today is 4th day and its been around 2 hours they haven't come back.

I am anxiously praying and watching from distance, they haven't come back yet.

I did not touch their eggs, they are still like that in your article which I did not read completely just the lines that your doves especially the Dad came back.

I just am very worried its right now noon time but am worried what if they do not come back.

I am extremely worried.

I kept small pieces of apples in plastic thing in the side of their nest and they did not eat.

Today I thrown that and today I kept sunflower and wheat seeds in the corner of their nest but it is lying and their eggs too.

I am anxiously wanting them back to their eggs.

Apr 16, 2020
Does all of this mean something?
by: Gene

Most birds teach their young for a couple of weeks after the young leave the nest. You've seen a small part of this.

Sometimes, males will continue feeding and training of the young while the female will start a new clutch.

Apr 16, 2020
by: Anonymous

Long story short, Mourning Doves landed on our patio, the parents brought the baby, the little guy is barely learning to sing and fly.

The parents flew off and left him on the patio, he eventually took off and now all are taking turns landing in our garden patio.

I've never seen anything like this in my life. Does all of this mean something?

Mar 20, 2017
doves nest
by: Gene

Do nothing, the adults will protect the eggs.

Mar 19, 2017
Disturbing dove nest
by: Beverly

I need to protect my dove nest from the rain without disturbing the parents and both eggs! I'm afraid if I scare them away they'll abandon the babies. Help!

May 03, 2016
need help!
by: Anonymous

I have a dove nest on my patio also, but it is open to sun and rain which will come in a couple of days. Any suggestions as to how to protect the nest without hurting or disturbing the bird?

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Doves On Our Patio!

by LaDonna Clark
(Ceres, CA. USA)

Mourning Dove and Babies!

Mourning Dove and Babies!

We have several Mourning Doves in our back yard, and have been feeding them for years. We have four feeders placed around the yard, and have seen quite an increase of these beautiful little creatures!

This year, Spring has arrived with it's usual "community" of doves, with one pair, nesting on our back patio!

We have two buckets on a shelf, that I normally plant flowers in, but before I had the chance to plant, we were surprised with the beginnings of a nest!

I decided to wait a few days, to see what happened, and, about three days later, I was amazed to see a dove (later determined to be "Dad"), sitting in the bucket! Within two days, two little eggs were comfortably tucked inside!

So far, the pair have laid and hatched one brood successfully, and now we are blessed to see another two eggs in the nest!

"Mom & Dad" are very protective of their nest, but do trust us to come & go through the Patio with ease...even letting us take an occasional peek!
We have also been "allowed" to take a few pictures!

We truly enjoy our new "tenants" and hope to see many happy returns, every Spring!

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Feb 01, 2023
Dove happy
by: Feb 01, 2023

Last year a pair of doves built a nest in one of our planters.

We have a small patio with a sliding door just three feet from the planter. They ended up raising two chicks twice.

They never seemed bothered when we opened or closed the sliding door.

They're back this year, and we're waiting for them to start building a nest in the planter again 😊

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Doves On Our Patio Cover

by Karen
(Lake Dallas, Texas)

Pappa Silvano

Pappa Silvano

We have doves nesting on the ledge of our patio cover.

Here are Paloma & Silvano.

Silvano sits on the nest during the day and Paloma sits on the nest during the night. It was pretty amazing watching them build the nest.

The only thing cooler is watching the changing of the guard when they change who's time it is to nest.

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Baby Doves Born On My Patio

by Tiffany Baugh
(Colorado Springs, CO)

Baby doves

Baby doves

Two baby doves were born on my patio and yesterday took their first flight (which I got on video). Now the two adults and both babies are gone. I do hope they come back.

They allowed me to photograph them, take videos, etc. They were only here a few weeks but I felt like a proud mamma. lol.

I miss the babies already!!!

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Aug 09, 2020
by: Gene

I can't say whether you should or not but if you do. Make sure it's far enough from the nest that the adults can get to the nest easily.

Also keep in mind the adults may take a while to come back if they don't think it's safe.

Aug 09, 2020
baby doves and parents on my 3rd floor balcony in direct sunlight most of day - should I do anything to help them?
by: caran

Baby doves were hatched in my potted plant on the 3rd floor balcony of my apt. They are in the direct sunlight much of the day. Can I or should I protect them from heat?

Apr 27, 2020
by: Gene

I've seen people attach a tiny (small) umbrella some way. Adults are real reluctant to abandon their young. They may not come back but you might get them through this.

Apr 27, 2020
Husband cut palm leaves
by: Anonymous

Yes he did unknowing that a dove had made a nest under the branches on the brick wall. Today will be 90 degrees. The babies must be 2-3 days old. How can we protect them from this Las Vegas heat.

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A Surprise Guest on Our Patio

by Maxine
(Bakersfield, CA. USA)

Babies getting milk from parent's mouth

Babies getting milk from parent's mouth

We had just returned to our California home after being gone a couple of months to discover a dove sitting on a nest on the fireplace ledge on our patio just about 3 feet from the door.

We watched closely and carefully went in and out the door so as not to alarm the dove. Until it got use to us.

Sometimes it would at times fly off the nest but always returned, this gave us the opportunity to peek at the nest and we noticed two eggs.

Then one day my husband informed me that the babies had arrived, two little fuzz balls. I was surprised to see them with pin feathers so soon.

One day I noticed that only one dove was involved we could tell because somehow it got a sore above its beak and we were able to identify it each time.

I worried so about these babies, I read that if only one parent has the task of caring for the babies they are not usually successful.

Just today I had the pleasure to witness the parent bird feeding the babies, what a precious sight this was.

Then the parent at times would get out of the nest and sit for a while, I think it was resting because when it is in the nest the babies are trying to climb on it. (hey, maybe they scratched its nose).

I hope and pray that the parent whether it be the mother or father can get these babies raised and out on their own and that they the parent will be ok after that.

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May 16, 2023
Doves sitting on robins eggs
by: Jannie

We came home from vacation to see a robin's nest built on the shelf in the corner of our front porch. There are four robin eggs in it.

Later that day, we see a 2nd nest loosely built along side the robin's nest with one white egg on it.

The robin is missing and a dove is occupying the messy nest.

This morning, the robin is back in her nest. And the dove is gone. How will this play out?

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Doves Under Deck

by Pauline

We were eating at night under are deck and we noticed on the eaves of it there was nest. We don't know much about birds, so we didn't know what type of bird's nest it was.

The next day we saw a mourning dove sitting on the nest. We were so happy and watched it everyday.

About a week later, we saw another dove sitting on the ground near below the nest. Then, the dove ON the nest left. When she came back, instead of sitting ON the nest, she sat right next to it.

We could see a little dove's head. Then, she started feeding the baby dove. We were so happy! We'll never forget our little mourning doves. :)

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Mar 28, 2023
Thank you
by: Nicola

Thank you all for sharing your dove stories. The last person who was crying while sweeping, I totally relate and teared up just reading it. How could you not?

I fear for the day I find a dead mourning dove. I love them so much.

Life is rough.

Mar 22, 2021
Morning dove issues
by: Anonymous

We have had 4 morning doves try and lay eggs on our overhang. The first nest was successful and two babies were born and healthy and eventually flew away.

Unfortunately the next two had the eggs smashed and the mother was slew and dad paced and cooed for her for Days.

It was gut-wrenching, so we put rubber snakes and lots of little pots up there so they would have no where to make a nest this year but they went to the other overhang!

So she had already built a nest and we let it go. And today the eggs were smashed!

I'm so mad. My question is do I clean it up or leave it for her to see? And will make that ledge unable for her to come back again because it is not safe.

Mar 15, 2018
No one is laughing
by: Anonymous

If you take a look at me I look like the typical man. But I’m a big animal lover and vegan. I had the Same experience twice. It’s heart breaking..

Jun 26, 2017
My dove was attacked...
by: petunias nana

We had a pair of doves return this year to nest on our hanging pot of petunias...it was the 3rd time.
Sadly on day 10 of her sitting a horrible thing happened.

I heard a large noise on the front porch and ran to look. I was horrified!

A large coopers hawk had attacked her and grabbed her by the neck. I ran to the front door and screamed and banged to scare him off and he had already seated to tear her up.

He flew away quickly with her in his claws. I was brokenhearted. What a terrible thing to witness, I was helpless.....that was last night.

Today the male has been sitting on our house calling and cooing for her. All I could do was cry as I cleaned up the mess on my porch, her blood and feathers.

This has been so gut wrenching for me I took the pot down, buried her eggs and cannot ever hang a pot there again. Some of you may laugh at me but to me she was like a pet.....😟 such a sad day....

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Doves in plant on my patio deck

by Elisa Estrella
(Hunt Valley, MD)

It all started one surprising cold day in March when it had snowed and a small sparrow was chirping on my patio, probably as confused as humans about why it was snowing in March.

I decided he was hungry so I crumbled up some bread. I had a lavender plant out there, but she looked hardy so I left it there.

The next day, the sparrow came back and I fed it again. I guess he told some of his friends as I got visitors every morning.

Soon it became a habit to place bread crumbs out before I left for work. As if I needed one more thing to do before I left for work!

One day I noticed the mourning doves working diligently building a nest in my lavender plant and then one day, just like that, she had two eggs in her nest.

And just like the article stated, she appeared to never move from the basket. I was impressed with her dedication.

The dove has since gotten use to me going out there as I put bread crumbs and water. Today was our first warm day and instead of sitting on the eggs, the dove was watching them. I'm guessing they are about to hatch.

It's made me smile knowing that the doves felt they could nest right on my patio. Today I sat out on my deck enjoying the weather.

I suppose it's the male dove that was watching the eggs during the daytime. He didn't seem to mind me either.

Right around 5:00 p.m. I did happen to catch the switching of nesting duties. At first she laid beside the eggs so I thought maybe one had hatched.

Later, I observed that she was seated back over the eggs.

As an empty nester, I reflected on those years when I was expecting and how excited I was when I was having my baby.

It was nice having a little family with me again.

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Apr 27, 2022
Tool box babies
by: Mary

A Morning Dove has decided to nest her/his babies in my son's old motorcycle tool box on the side of our house.

Although the tool box is on an outdoor table I am still concerned that they will all survive the elements as well as the critters.

Praying God will protect this 'one' of His many wonders🙏🏻🕊

May 07, 2018
Abandoned nest
by: Anonymous

We had a nest in a hanging pot. There are 2 eggs in the pot.. initially the mother was there, then the dad.

We worked in our yard one day, all day. The doves have not returned in 3 days. Any info or suggestions.

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Update to Doves Nest in Hanging Plant on Deck

Baby Doves in hanging plant

Baby Doves in hanging plant

Since the first picture of my "Anticipated Guest," another egg was laid. I've been following the doves' story every day.

Momma and Papa continue to allow me to water the plant so they've had complete privacy and protection from both sun and rain.

I even managed to catch them changing shifts on more than one occasion. Was lucky enough to get a picture in mid flight!

They've also allowed me to stand right next to the plant and look at the chicks and get some close up pictures. Always under the watchful eye of the mother!

Babies will be 2 weeks old on Aug 22/23 so I worry about their attempts to leave the nest. I'm on the second floor and hope they are successful.

So far, they seem quite content to remain snug in the nest. Having several heavy rain/thunderstorms may have something to do with it!

Here are the latest pictures!

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Patio Dove Nesting Problem

by Renee
(Yuma, AZ)

Patio ceiling light/fan fixture

Patio ceiling light/fan fixture

My Memorial Day plans took an unusual turn today. I had not been out to my patio in a few weeks due to our Arizona weather, when I got an unusual surprise.

I went out to my patio this memorial weekend and started to turn the fan on when I saw that a dove had built a nest in the fan/light fixture.

After some friendly harassment from my relatives regarding my housekeeping skills I began to seriously worry about the predicament.

The dove was NOT in any mood to negotiate, and was not leaving. Apparently she had built a very comfortable nest and laid some eggs.

Now, I am not a hard hearted person but I do like to sit outside on my patio some evenings with my fan and light on. With this nesting situation things were definitely problematic.

Now I could just remove the light's dome fixture and dump the eggs, but then what would stop the dove from coming back looking for her young? Not to mention that I would feel like a heal for doing something that.

So I decided I will share my patio with Mrs. Dove. For now, her and her little ones are safe from wind, rain, sunlight, and predators.

I will keep you posted on how the young ones do when they hatch and "hopefully" leave the nest.

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Nesting in Light Fixture

by Nancy Meyer
(Medford, OR US)

Dove on Deck Light Fixture

Dove on Deck Light Fixture

We have been fortunate enough to witness three clutches leaving the dove nest in our light fixture on our deck.

The third clutch left the nest yesterday and this morning we are observing the mating procedure and nest building once again in the light fixture.

It is a wonderful experience to witness and we are also fortunate to observe this nest activity from our family room as the light is just beyond the picture window in the family room.

After the first clutch we removed the light shade and bulbs and covered the electrical sockets with duct tape.

It is obvious they enjoy the human interaction and the only problem it has created for us is the ability to use the hot tub which is right below the nest.

Oh, well, it is a hot summer and we do not need to use the hot tub at this time of year.

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Jul 12, 2015
Great story
by: Anonymous

The things we do, and not do for our birds! Great story. Thanks for sharing.

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Dove Nest with two Squabs

by Gordon & Donna de Leon
(Turlock, California USA)

Each year Mourning Doves make their nest in a vase 14 feet up on our front porch. Several batches of nestlings are born each year and since the porch is covered, the doves are seldom attacked by blue jays or other birds and the nest is too high for other animals.

The picture shows the windows right next to the nest and when we wash the window, the birds watch us carefully but do not fly away.

They provide a delightful view each year but we don't know if the same birds reuse the nest or if their offspring use it.

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