Mourning doves have built nests in what we thought to be very unusual places, such as on the step of a spiral staircase last year (where they raised two broods).
But, this year a couple has really surprised us!
They have built a nest in the top bowl of our water fountain.
We thought about stopping them, in that the nest is sure to drown as rain is forecast before the babies will leave the nest.
So...we decided to see if they would allow us to remodel their nest, by raising it enough that the bowl can drain, which we did by adding stones and pea gravel and some more sticks, and then setting their nest and the one egg mom has laid so far on top, with a few heavier sticks to hold it in place.
The photo we've included was taken only minutes after we finished our remodel.
I just looked again...it's been at least an hour now...and mom seems totally happy with our remodel!
Found Dove had made a nest on my shelving unit on my front porch. Later found there was (1) one egg in nest, (now there are (2) two).
I was worried about HER not eating, until I learned, from this web site that there are 2 of them tending the nest.
I needed to snap a picture so I could compare it on the internet to find out what kind of Dove it was and what it ate.
The (as I learned) Male was getting used to me and let me get very close.
Thanks to zoom on my digital camera I was able to snap these pictures before he flew away.
I rechecked later and he came back. After reading this site I was afraid he might not. Phew!
I will continue to watch them, at a distance, and snap a few shots of the babies.
I'm going to put bird seed on the ground right off the edge of my porch and hopefully this will help them to stay close to the nest.
There are squirrels, foxes, groundhogs and pigeons and unfortunately pigeon hawks mostly in my neighbors yard (she feeds them all) except for the squirrels (she has no trees in her yard) they eat in her yard and live in mine.
Hope everyone enjoys these photos as much as I do.
Hello, My Name is Jayson and I am 8 years old and I have discovered I have a Morning Dove sitting in my moms candle on my back porch.
I have been calling her "Shelia" for about two weeks now only to find out by reading the above article that shelia is only shelia at night, and now have decided to call "it" Steve during the day.
I never knew that my day time bird was playing tricks on me and thought it was the same one this entire time, I was actually starting to worry that she/he was going to starve to death cause he/she never moved...
Glad Shelia/Steve has found a happy home to nest her eggs and we can experience this miracle with her/him.
Its a very neat thing to see right before my eyes and am glad I can share my story with you.
We have a pair of doves that have set up a nest in the eaves. It is so soothing to hear them coo.
They are both the same coloring with the familiar spots on their wings and white edging around their tail feathers.
They're a beautiful contrast of colors with the upper body and wings almost a charcoal gray and the white breast.
When not on the nest in the eaves, they sit in the crabapple tree right next to the eaves. They stay in the tree quite a bit because we are constantly hosing off the droppings on the sidewalk underneath the tree!
The tree and eves are just outside our office/den windows, so we have been lucky enough to watch them the whole time (or maybe they're watching us).
We have a row of shrubs underneath the eaves and a patch of grass between our condo and the unit next to us, so it's a fairly protected area that gets quite warm in the summer months.
We'd like to offer them additional food, so may buy some white and red proso millet, oil-type sunflower seeds, and cracked corn.
Sometimes they both sit on the nest together, but we haven't seen any babies yet. We just had part of our roof replaced and the roofers were there two separate days.
They left the nest when the roofers were working, but returned when the roofers were finished. We're happy it didn't cause the doves to abandon the nest.
We live in northwest Ohio, and spring is a beautiful time of renewal, so it's great to see these birds begin raising their families.
If we're lucky, we'll see this more than once during the season. A picture of the doves in the crabapple tree is attached.