My First Mourning Dove Nest
by Jo Ellen
I discovered it just yesterday. I hung a new petunia and then had to go out of town for 2 days. When I came back, I went to water it and a dove flew out! I knew there had to be eggs, I am so excited!!
We survived our first windy day today. I nervously watched the plant spin in circles, whipping every which way. I thought maybe I should move it in closer to the house but I remember trying that with wrens a couple of summers ago and mom was NOT happy. So I decided just to leave it be ... and they are fine.
I saw Mom and Dad change shifts this evening. Daddy Dove is so much more skittish than Mom. I can barely move anywhere in the area and he flies away. Mom is very calm. I can take pictures, get up close to her and talk to her, she doesn't seem to mind at all. I even swept the porch underneath her and she stayed in the nest. I hope I can get Dad to trust me more.
If I have my days right, we should have baby doves somewhere between May 20-22. I am so hoping this is a successful nesting experience, I would love for them to come back ... again and again.