City Tree Doves
We have a mourning dove nest in the bare naked crotch of a city tree here in Modesto. The weather forecast for the next few days is rain and wind. Two babies have hatched and then a third egg showed up two days later and they're sitting on that egg as well. I'm worried about what will happen when the wind and rain show up. The leaves on the city tree aren't out yet (a few weeks away still, I think.) Is there anything I can do to help her? I bought a small wicker basket that I'm going to put a few sticks in and attach it to the underside eave of our house. If I put it near the current nest, say about 10 feet away, will she move her babies and the third egg? These doves are plentiful where we live here in the Central Valley and as they say, "This isn't my first rodeo" with a dove nest. I've never moved a nest, but this is the flimsiest nest I've ever seen. It's out in the open, there are no leaves on the tree to provide shelter, and I bet there's a grand total of five twigs that comprise this nest. Am I worrying for nothing? I want to help them move to a better location, but perhaps I should just leave them alone? Thanks for any advice.