Saving my dove babies

by mindy
(NY)

I have a dove nest in my yard that I have been watching for weeks. The other day I finally got a chance to see the babies. They are on the top of our arbor not hard to see at all. It was very very windy yesterday and I walked out back and noticed the mother bird sitting on the grass. Thinking it was strange I walked up and saw she was sitting on her babies, the nest fell.


I picked the babies up and the nest putting it in her spot and she came back to them. One of the babies fell out 2 more times that day because with the falling and the wind the nest was pretty well shot. I decided I was going to make a nest!

I got a 32 oz plastic container and put spanish moss in it. I picked up the fallen baby and put him in and reached up and put the container on its side next to her nest all secure. This morning it is pouring so I ran out to check on them.

The mother had put the other baby in the container and was half way inside with them. I am so happy she did that. I did not sleep last night, worried they would fall.

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Aug 11, 2010
Doves on Deck
by: Anonymous

I too have mourning doves nesting in my hanging basket on my deck. Two babies were born and have grown rapidly in the past 2 weeks. I have been able to watch them from my kitchen window and it has been amazing to see what wonderful parents they are. I have seen the parents wait to change places in the nest because the babies were sleeping. They have gotten so big so quickly. Tonight I found only one baby in the nest. I was frantic and looked all around the deck and below in the bushes. I did not find the baby. After reading all these comments I now feel confident it flew away safely. The mom is in the nest tonight with the baby that is left, she has never left them alone overnight. I have a feeling the nest will be totally empty tomorrow. I to will wonder when ever I see a Mourning Dove if it is one of my babies.


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Lovely story! Have you read this article on my site?Baby Bird Lessons

Jul 17, 2009
Nice job!
by: Anonymous

Nice job!! I would have done the same...lost sleep and all!

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