Mommas Babies

by Lisa Ann Haas
(Lebanon, Pennsylvania)

Babies Only Hours Old

Babies Only Hours Old

Momma Dove and Her Babies

I was watering my plants one evening and was startled by a big plump dove snugly tucked in my hanging flowerpot.

To an even bigger amazement of mine, she was not startled by my closeness. I checked on her night and day.

I put some birdseed inside the flowerpot because I assumed that she was not leaving. (Only to read here that momma and daddy dove were taking turns)

During a windy storm, I took wire and tied the pot against the post underneath and at the hook as she watched but she didn’t fear me.

I came home from work today and I BECAME A GRANDMA!!! What a wonderful gift God has brought to my lonely porch….

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May 16, 2018
Oh my oh my!!!!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Doves made a nest in the house gutter. They had no protection from the weather, and we had some really bad rainstorms with hail and all.

I have been worried sick about them, checking on them and walking the floor worried sick about them when bad weather hit.

This morning, I look out and there was a baby dove in the nest!

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes and so joyful.God bless the mom and dad doves for protecting that nest through the most horrible weather and never giving up. Wow wee!

Apr 19, 2009
Nesting Doves On Front Porch
by: Anonymous

Hi, I too have nesting doves on my front porch, the eggs should be ready to hatch soon. The doves "eye" me with that little eye of theirs but seem unafraid.

People have come to the porch and stood within 1 foot of them..and they don't budge. Can't wait to see the babies!

Sep 28, 2008
And A Third Time
by: Lisa Ann

and they are back again.. seems like something happened to either mom or dad, who ever takes the day shift has never come back but the babies are thriving.

They hatched last Friday and continue to grow. What a wonderful summer full of bird watching!!!

I have tons of pictures of this miracle!

Jul 11, 2008
Pauline's Doves
by: Anonymous

I am by far no expert.. I am on round two with my birds in my hanging plant.

This is not the same couple either which I originally thought. The first couple was big and plump, the new family is smaller and become more unsettled when I go up close to look at them.

The only advice that I have for you is if you got away with watering the plant really good the one time I would back away and stop.

I believe they do indeed need this for cover but I also think that from the point that the eggs hatch to the point that the babies leave is only two weeks and if you watered it real good once it will survive.

I had to view it like this. My plant cost 8 dollars at Lowe's Hardware store but the benefit of watching this miracle is priceless..

I don't care if my plant dies in exchange. Please someone help to answer Pauline with an educated answer other then my short experienced guess. Pauline, please keep in touch!!!

Jul 08, 2008
Plant or Eggs?
by: Pauline

To my amazement I found two eggs in my front step hanging basket when the morning dove was started by my watering the plant. What do I do now?

How can I keep the plant alive by watering it and make room for the doves while they wait for the eggs to hatch? Is this even possible?

I tried using a measuring cup around the sides of the plant so as not to disturb them but will the parents abandon the eggs if I do this daily?

Jun 25, 2008
They are back!!
by: Lisa Ann

As my son and I opened the front door to leave for the day, a startled dove took flight off of the porch onto the road out front.

Could it have been daddy dove? We immediately looked over toward the flower pot and tucked inside, there she was!!!!

Momma Dove is back! Snug on top of her nest that was left undisturbed. It's a happy day for us!

Jun 20, 2008
by: Christina

How beautiful!

Jun 17, 2008
Beautiful...and natural
by: Anonymous

Beautiful photo! I can understand your feeling of loss...but Mother Nature has her ways. Be comforted in knowing that you played a part in their survival. They may return to nest again!

Jun 05, 2008
Very Nice
by: Anonymous

The picture is outstanding, I love the story
I didn't know doves were so friendly :)

Jun 04, 2008
My Babies have gone
by: Lisa Ann

Has anyone felt how I feel? I was watching the babies stretching their wings then I walked away for about 15 minutes.

I went back to watch again and they are all gone. This is the end result that we all pray for but I feel well.. oddly lonely..

Admin. Adds
The literal Empty Nest Syndrome, but there is next season if not a another brood.

Jun 03, 2008
Dove Babies
by: Susan

I too have babies in my lamp on the back porch but my parents are not nearly so tolerant.

I tried to stick a mirror up there to see the babies and the parent on duty would not budge but did peck the heck out of my mirror.

After several tries, I gave up.

Jun 03, 2008
Amazing photo!
by: Lori

Thanks for sharing!

Jun 03, 2008
by: Anonymous

Wonderful! Great photo too. Enjoy.

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