Doves trying to become part of our family

by Rebecca Salquist
(Riverside california)

Such a proud MaMa

Such a proud MaMa

My Doves, as I like to refer to them have given our family much joy through the years.

They first started nesting on our covered porch in our hanging plants, they would usually just have one brood and then I would await their arrival the following year.

Well this year my darling dove is on her third brood. What's different this year is how close she has nested to our front door.

She greats me every time I open and close my front door, as she is so close I could easily reach out and touch her, she always looks at me and I softly talk to her and she has no fear of me or our family at all.

Another thing that is different is she is on her third brood, we watch her teach the babies to fly in our nearby fountain garden, our family including our grandchildren, watch from a nearby window, they have kept us entertained amongst the isolation of the stay at home orders.

Once she and her mate have their babies flying she is back on the nest with another brood. I have come to love these little birds as they make no mess and are a joy to watch.

She's as close to being inside our home as she could be. I think of her as one of our pets, like our little dog Andy as part of our family.

When I photograph her with her babies she looks so proud, almost as if she's poising for the photos.

I hope you enjoy some of the photos I have included.

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Aug 02, 2020
thank you!
by: vicki miko

Loved reading the stories! Thank you.

We have a dove family in a hanging geranium pot on our 4th-floor apartment deck. This is a first for both me and my husband.

One baby is 11 days out of the shell, the other is only 9 days. The parents are very attentive.

They let me photo and video them up close! We keep a close watch for crows.

Jul 27, 2020
My Doves
by: Theresa

I have Doves in a Mulberry tree which is close to my house. Every morning when I go out with my little chihuahua I say "Good morning Dove".

Doves are so peaceful and I just lost my dad in May and these doves have somehow brought me comfort.

I can see the tree out my living room window and just like clockwork about the same time every evening I see the "Mom" Dove change places with the "Dad" dove.

I like to call it "the changing of the guard".

I can’t wait to see the babies after they are born.

Peace and love to all! Thanks for sharing your stories.

May 19, 2020
Doves moved inside
by: Anonymous

We have a couple who have nested on our upper roofed deck for years. We have this year enclosed the deck except for two small windows we are waiting on.

The couple has tried to build their nest, my husband has cleaned it out several times but now one of them is sitting (likely on eggs) and is not moving. I don't know what to do.

I am thinking we will let them hatch this brood however, I am also worried about the babies trying to learn to fly in a mostly enclosed, glass room!!

They just stare at me when I come out into the room.

Apr 21, 2020
They nested right outside my bedroom window.
by: Farhod

They’re a well received blessing during this time. Something I’ve always wanted too. Thank you for your insight and wisdom.

Apr 17, 2020
Thank you
by: Gene

What a wonderful contribution. Our birds do become like parts of our family when we see them return from year to year. Three broods, wow! Lucky you.

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