One day we were in our garage (California carport-door on one side/open on other), and to our surprise we saw a dove nesting on our garage door opener.
For the first couple days, the bird would fly away when we opened the door, but eventually she would stay put, only cocking her head to the side in response to the noise and shaking.
For several weeks we would come home and say "Hello Bird".
My wife has grown quite attached. She will constantly ask me "what’s that bird doing?" "Do you think she’s lonely?" "Is she cold?" My response: "Sitting" "no" and "We're in Southern Louisiana, I doubt ANYONE'S cold"
It is quite intriguing to see this bird sitting motionless for hours at a time. My wife checks on them every few hours when we’re home.
Every morning she greets her/him, and every evening she makes me look out the door and bid them a good night. No chicks yet…
Surprise! I opened the door to head for my car and I notice something different. "What is that?" "Honey, I think we have babies".
My wife runs from the bedroom, half dressed, squealing like a child on Christmas. "Where, where?"
Finally she sees the little brown head and black eye. I grab the camera and take a few dozen pictures from a stepping stool vantage point.
Later that day I get an email from my wife with the pictures displayed like a proud mother. I almost cringed when I saw the length of the CC list.
Well, that’s the story so far. It IS kinda fun to watch...just hope they don’t mess up my brand new door opener.
Addition: One baby hatched June 2nd. The other June 3rd. We are so excited....a picture is attached.
See the attached photo of a Morning Dove nesting in the rain gutter of our house.
While the Doves picked a good place that is out of reach of the neighborhood cats, they opened themselves up to a good bit of water in the event of a heavy rainstorm (which is common in the Houston Texas area). Luckily we have been having a dry spell.
This website was very informative in educating us on the nesting habits of Doves. Sure enough, they have been sitting for about two weeks and today we were able to see at least one baby’s heads poking up.
Our only concern now is the heat. We got up to 99 F today. There is virtually no shade. We hope they make it.
Hi all, my husband and I are the proud mom and dad to our Mourning dove Peanut. We found her/him a little over a month ago on the ground. Her mommy was standing on top of her.
At first I thought the adult dove was hurt because it's odd to see one just sitting on the ground.
When we approached, she flew off and we saw why...there sat a tiny baby with barely any feathers and fireants already on it.
We hashed and hashed over whether we should take it in, but several feet away lay it's sibling, crushed where it had been run over by a car.
We immediately decided to take it in figuring it had a 50-50 chance of surviving.
We went and got formula and supplies to try and hand feed it. First and second nights went by and she (I say she cause it's dainty) seemed to be thriving. She even was chirping up a storm! We fed her around the clock.
Now several weeks have passed and she is a beautiful juvenile dove eating seeds and loves doing her thing.
She'll sit on our heads or shoulder and watch YouTube videos with us. She has been such a blessing to our family!
We have tried twice to set her free because after all, she is a wild bird. She's flown back both times!
After the second time we decided that she probably wouldn't survive anyway because she is so domesticated.
She follows us everywhere and is trying to coo now instead of chirp. I had parakeets before and decided no more birds after that....well...I've eaten those words!
Peanut has been the most amazing bird and we love her dearly.
She also has such a sassy attitude too! I would love to post updates as long as we have her:)
Hi, I awoke to my very large Mourning Dove babies and parents gone.
I was relieved, thinking they had flown the coop as they were getting too big for the nest.
In fact, last night one of the two had to sleep on ledge, next to nest.
Well, no sooner do I start my day just now, the parents return and seem frantic as one searches the nest and the other flies in and out of covered porch, where they built their nest over my hurricane shutters.
One is now perched above the light out there. Should I be concerned? Did they lose the babies? I am worried.
Thank you for being here and for your help. Jeannie PS I would also like to quickly relocate their nest next to shutters as hurricane season will soon be here. Thanks, again.