I noticed a mourning dove in my hanging planter a while back but did not pay any attention to it - just thought it was finding something to eat. The basket hangs from the eave of my sunroom and is fairly well shaded. Well I now know it was building a nest in the basket.
Yesterday morning I was out there and the dove was sitting in the planter again and to my astonishment, there were two baby dove. Mama sat for quite a while but left and was gone a long time - I checked later at night and she still wasn't back, leaving those poor babies on their own. I was afraid maybe I had scared her off. However, this morning she was back and has been there most of the morning.
Does anyone know how old they are before they try to fly - they are only about 6 inches long right now but they do have feathers, eyes open and seem to be moving around.
Mama sometimes sits on top of them. She had one wing held out over them and I guess she was protecting them from the sun. Sometimes she perches on the side of the basket and I assume she is feeding them then.
This is the first time I have had nesting dove and so know very little about them and would appreciate any information anyone can give me. I hope they come back every year. This has been an incredible experience.
I hope I get to see them fly away. I have posted pictures of the two babies - aren't they precious.
Pair of doves in front tree in Feb. Looks like a coy mother in the background?
This past February I discovered that we had mourning doves in our backyard, which has some natural forest and lots of trees.
Over the years I have often heard the soft hoo-hooing of a bird, and thinking it was an owl, I really only determined these to be mourning doves this winter when I noticed a group of 4 soft grey, plump birds sunning themselves on a warm winter day and eating on the natural forest floor just behind our home.
I have since then seen these birds more regularly, and a pair has occasionally been seen in my front pine tree.
Lately I am not seeing them very often, and they are quiet since they have been nesting and most likely taking turns on the nest.
I also just learned that they may have several different broods in a season. Yesterday I noticed one nesting in the wisteria of the gardens outside my workplace.
Apparently their numbers are increasing in Nova Scotia, which is nice to know.
I live in New York City on the Upper Westside and I have a nest on a very narrow ledge at my bedroom window.
I have counted at least three nestlings. My cat likes to sit in the window and watch so I have put up a board up on the lower half of the window so she cannot sit there because I am afraid she will scare them.
I worry about them falling off the ledge when they get bigger but at this point, I cannot do anything because it might cause nest abandonment.
We have a two mourning doves (Mr and Mrs Dovely) that have layed 4 sets of eggs in our flower box on our deck.
This time the baby dove fell out of the box onto our deck. The mother sat with it for a few hours and then flew off.
I picked up the baby with gloves and put him into a larger flower box on the deck since he was to big for for nest he was born in.
It has been 24hrs and neither parent has returned. What can I feed the baby dove if the mother/father does not return? -------------------------- Comments
May 24, 2011 Baby Dove by: Erin
Hey :) I've been re-habbing a baby dove for about 5 days now, the best feeding method I've picked up has been using a baby bottle and a piece of rubber glove. Mix Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula according to package directions, and place the rubber glove section over the end of the bottle.
Secure with the bottle ring. Cut a small slice in the glove piece and the baby will thrust it's beak into the slit while shaking it's wings and peeping at you.
Feed until their crop (area at the base of it's throat) is bulging, don't worry you'll see it when it is, part feathers and look if necessary. 3 times(ish) a day, keep it warm (not too warm, watch for heavy breathing and wing puffing for overheating birds)and make sure you wash your hands!
May 15, 2011
Tough Dove by: Jeannie
My husband and I witnessed an attack of a falcon on some baby birds. Of course all the birds in the neighborhood were attacking the falcon and it dropped one to the babies it had in it's talons from over 20feet.
The baby survived the attack and the fall with only a small puncture wound on it's back. We have been feeding it Kaytee exact but don't know how old it is and are wondering when to start trying to wean it.
We've had it for 5 days now and it's feathers have filled in but I know she is very young. Just don't know how to proceed. Any help would be appreciated.
May 10, 2010 Baby Dove Care by: Anonymous
Kaytee Exact is what I feed my baby doves. They love it. Keep Pigeon and dove seed in cage so they can play with it an investigate it. Make sure Exact is no warmer then 102 degrees or it can burn the babies. Depending on their age they should be feed 2-3 times a day. They do not need to be fed during the night. When feeding use a syringe and when the bird has had enough they will pull back and not open the mouth.
Nov 02, 2008 I Know by: Anonymous
I found a baby dove too, because my dad is in tree debris, at first we didn't know what it was. A lady at pets mart tried to help but couldn't either. Then a customer helped, she was breeder of many animals. She said we should buy a nipple bottle and some "exact" a mixture you can feed a dove baby.
We found this gem living in our dead hanging fern. She flew out when we were close by, but came back. When she was gone, we noticed these eggs as well. There seem to be 2 but possibly 3.
He or she seemed nervous as we did yard work over the weekend, but we were very strict on respecting her space so we wouldn't disturb her.
We have just started enjoying bird watching, and this is very interesting. This is taking place at our cottage on the shore of Lake Erie in Low Banks Ontario. We will return to the cottage next weekend where we hope to find the birds hatched ; We don't know when the bird laid the eggs, but with a short incubation period, it could be soon.
We haven't noticed if this is a male or female, it's hard to tell. I will add pictures of the babies if we are lucky enough to see them.
2 doves made a nest in a pot with a plant in it. It's small I was so concerned that one of the little ones would fall out. So far it's ok have a couple more days to worry before they flyaway. Fingers crossed!! It's been a wonderful experience watching the eggs hatch and two cute little doves emerge right before our eyes!!!!!
I should start out by saying that I am not a bird lover. I mean, I'm not a bird hater by any means, but I've always been rather indifferent to them. A couple of weeks ago though, I found a fledgling mourning dove firmly esconsed on the arm of an Adirondack chair on my front porch.
It was small and looked very helpless as it sat there all day by itself. I was beginning to worry about it but then noticed an adult nearby on the roof which seemed to be looking out for it.
The bird hadn't moved in 2 days so I did a little research on the Internet and the general consensus was to leave it alone, so I did. I read that the parents often stay close to feed fledglings and keep them safe so I tried not to worry, but I checked on it constantly those first 48 hours.
I named it "Prince" (after When Doves Cry) and scattered some bird seed on the ground. After 3 days, I saw Prince fly into a nearby tree and felt a wave of relief.
I continue to put seed out in the yard, and Prince comes to visit every day to have a snack and hang out on the chair.
I love that I've made a little bird friend and enjoy watching Prince grow and flourish.
We arrived back from a Northern vacation back in September. While opening the hurricane shutters, noticed bunch of sticks falling down. Mourning Doves were in the process of nest building!
So, we let them continue, within a week they were there night and day. Here we are almost a month later and we have two good sized chicks peering back at us. Won't be long now and they will be gone based upon their size.