Doves in My Planter

by Bob
(Virginia)

Mourning Doves Nesting In Planter

Mourning Doves Nesting In Planter

I have a mourning dove who has nested in one of our hanging plants right outside our back door. She has laid 2 eggs so far and seems to be adjusting to the in/out activity ... In fact she'll stay put even if we're hanging out in the back yard.


I'm wondering if there is anything we can do to accommodate her or to protect her eggs from predators like crows?

We're so excited to watch her bring her babies into the world - and to have such a great view of them. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!

Answer

Hello Bob;
Despite their soft cooings, mourning doves have a quarrelsome nature! They will fight furiously during the mating season and are quite irritable at other seasons. Their wings are used to deliver blows to adversaries.
They respond enthusiastically to feeders, as they have a ferocious appetite. You can help by feeding them, as that will allow them more time to protect their nest, as they won't have to spend as much time searching for food. Mourning Doves are complete vegetarians, liking seeds, grain, corn, sunflower, thistle, hemp, millet. They actually prefer eating on the ground, but will come to feeders.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Mourning Doves.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Grey bird with curved beak.

    Dec 05, 16 09:07 AM

    Grey bird pecking at our drain spout like a woodpecker but had a curved beak. When I tried to look it up it seemed like a Whitebreasted Thrasher but they

    Read More

  2. Alk2040

    Dec 03, 16 10:11 AM

    Brown to tan bird with some upright feathers on crown a little red stripe on back and bright yellow tipped tail

    Read More

  3. Never seen one before , spotted on the golf course

    Dec 03, 16 10:10 AM

    Medium size bird hopping in the grass then flew off. It had the most irridecent flame red/ orange feathers on the breast the rest was dark . I jave never

    Read More