by Shirley
(Bartlett, Tenn.)

I have numerous doves who feed from the feeder and from on the ground. They are cautious about using the birdbath when other birds are present, but they do enjoy a good cleansing. I have noticed that the female will use the same nest for raising her chicks. (I think she is too lazy to build a new nest.) I can come close to her habitat when chicks are present and she does not fear me as I believe she recognizes my voice and I feed her well. I have never seen a male relieve her from her duties as I have read on reports from the internet that they do exchange times of taking care of the nest and alternating with the female in care of the chicks. Is this correct? I am a true bird lover and watch carefully all transactions made. I have also witnessed a female desert her chick and flog it and then the chick will disappear.

This remains a mystery to me. I have wondered if it were abnormal or deformed. I don't know. Total desertion!

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Jun 18, 2010
Baby mockingbird fallen from nest.
by: Shirley

I need help fast. I have a baby mockingbird about 10 to 12 days old who fell from his nest. The nest is too high for me to try to put him back in. How do I care for him so that he may survive. His parents have been feeding him crickets which I supplied, but they seem more agitated with his fall and cannot put him back either. Should I just put him in the grass in hopes his parents will care for him or should I try to feed him. Stymied and need info. Thanks


The following plan has worked for others. Place the baby bird in a large barrel, placed in the shade and close to the house to be easily watched.
Leave the barrel open at the top and put in food and a shallow dish of fresh water with the young bird. The parents should soon find and feed them, and when the babies are able to fly upwards and out of the barrel they will take care of themselves.

If however, the parents do not come to the barrel the babies should be fed about once an hour until the adult bird resumes their duties.

Jun 08, 2009
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know how young mockingbirds are when they first begin nesting? I think I have one who may be 2 mos. old. Appreciate any info available.

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