Morning Dove Left Her Nest

by Judy Levy
(San Jose, CA)

Not a great story but wanted to share so I could learn more about our Morning Dove who built a nest on the top shelf of our plastic storage area on the back porch. The dove had been sitting there for about 5 days. When she left, we noticed from our window, no eggs. Today she left just one egg at 8 am. She has been gone ever since. Did she leave her one egg on purpose. It is cold out so I assume the egg will not hatch.

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May 08, 2014
it been 2 days no parent dove on nest NEW
by: lolita lee

the dove been sitting since before April 20 they are not sitting are they bad eggs?

Mar 23, 2011
Morning Dove Left 2 Eggs
by: Frank Cacucciolo

I am experiencing a similar problem with my Morning Dove who has left her nest with 2 eggs over a week ago. I unfortunately startled the bird when I was watering plants in the same area as the nest and have not seen the bird since. I hope they come back... this is the 3rd nest we have received in 2 yrs and the first 2 were successful hatches. What is the ususal length of time they would stay away from there nest before returning? I am located in Temecula, Ca and the currents temps at night range in the mid to upper 30's. Thx

Apr 15, 2010
Nesting doves

Sometimes in the early stages of laying eggs, the doves will leave their nests for lengthy periods for a time and come back when you least expect it. I have been studying my doves for the past three years and they never cease to amaze me, but nature has its own way of taking care of their nesting habits. I am not aware of your temperatures where you are, but I have had them do the same thing in the freezing weather. Good luck and happy babies to you.

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