Morning Doves Take To Hanging Basket #2
by Janice Jessup
Two Tiny Dove Chicks
This is the second installment on my Morning Doves along with a picture of the chicks.
Late this afternoon I was looking out of the window and noticed that the adult dove was perched on the rim of the basket.
I grabbed my ladder and camera.
When I opened the front door the dove flew off so I had the freedom of taking the photo without a nesting parent covering their treasures.
It appears to me that the chicks are several days old, what is your guess?
Morning Doves Take To Hanging Basket
by Janice Jessup
Dove Has Laid Egg Already
Almost 3 weeks ago upon leaving my front door, there was a flutter of birds away from the door.
I looked at the door to find a very poorly constructed nest being built in my door wreath.
I cleaned away the mess and continued on with my day.
As the day wore on I felt sorry for the Mourning Doves so decided to buy a wire basket with a coco liner as all garden centers have these.
Also, they look so much like a nest that perhaps the doves would rebuild their nest in this thing.
I hung the basket about 6 feet from the front door and from the ceiling of the porch.
Sure enough they took to it and have been nesting there for over 2 weeks.
I still was concerned that my coming and going would disturb them and they would abandon the nest but they have held fast!
I naturally boned up on Mourning Doves to find out that they incubate for 2 weeks and the young fledge about 2 weeks after that.
How quickly these doves leave their nest!!
Mama Dove has hatched 2 chicks within the past few days so now I will be watching for their progress and fledging.
I have taken photos of this progress but it appears that I can add only one photo to this story.
I have been watching the Bald Eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va for over a year now, so this event comes home to me with a big bang!
My Doves have really giving me a great deal of pleasure and excitement that beats all experiences recently. Enjoy !!
Doves in hanging baskets 2
by Staci in the City
Birdell of the Balcony
I have a dove on my patio in a hanging basket as well!
I have been worried it was there to die as I never see it leave to eat but I guess they are slipping in and out by me.
Here's the really interesting thing.
I live in the middle of a large city and the basket is on my small balcony.
What a treat to have them decide to nest on my balcony.
I hope they don't mind me coming out, ever so carefully, to water the other plants.
They seem to be ok with me now, I guess if they are city birds they are used to the noise and such.
Should I leave food for them you think?
Mama Dove Nest in Peppermint Hanging Basket
Mourning Dove Babies
Literally, the day after I put my brand new peppermint plant in its hanging planter, Mama dove moved in.
Thankfully for both mama and plant, it's on a directed drip system, so watering is automated and posed no threat to eggs or babies.
She also didn't bother with any sort of nest, I guess the planter and new dirt supplied a sufficiently soft nest.
Mama and babies are doing great, just checked on them today!
Last year she nested on my bicycles and created quite a proper nest.
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