Mourning Dove Nesting

by Caitlin
(Aurora, IL)

I have a Mourning Dove (I have named her Paulina) nesting on a patio chair on my apartment balcony. The past few days it has been down pouring, usually the rain doesn't come in my balcony but it has and Paulina is getting drenched. What can I do for her? Do these birds attack if we go near them???

Birds have feathers which keep them reasonably warm, even at the worst of times. I wouldn't advise going near her, or she could decide to abandon the nest. (I doubt very much she would attack you.) If you still want to do something, possibly you could drape a tarp somehow over the top of the chair without much disturbance to Paulina.


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Apr 11, 2013
Doves seem to trust they are safe in the planter by my door NEW
by: Anonymous

Have a nest and Dove sitting on the eggs in a small tree base by my front door. We have had lots of cold unusual sleet and bad weather . I talked to the dove and slowly added some artificial green in front of the pot and a towel to create a wind barrier . The Dove lets me do that and only flew a way once from my presence. The dove left the nest for several hours last night and today. Thought she must have left for good some how leaving the eggs exposed.
I looked out the window and there it was on the nest.
I would think that is unusual to leave the eggs for that long?
Pretty fun to watch the journey.

May 14, 2011
nesting practices of mourning doves
by: Anonymous

i have a mourning dove in my front yard tree that has been there since about the middle of February.I call her dovie. She is real sweet and will even let me pet her. There are lots of bluejays around so I feed her bread and keep water in a birdbath for her. She has had 2 chicks already, and another egg in the nest. How many eggs will she lay? I have also noticed another dove comes and relieves her,she will leave for awhile the other dove sits on nest. Is this the male? Do they have only one mate?


Mourning doves lay 2 eggs. Yes, that other dove is the male. He is a doting husband, and seemingly blind to his lover's faults. Few birds build such so flimsy a nest as Mrs.Mourning Dove. It's a wonder the eggs don't fall through the rickety, unlined nest.

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