Sweet Doves

by Susan
(Boca Raton, FL)

I am concerned that after one successful brood, one of the pair may be hurt (or worse) since it has not returned to the recent nest they've made in the past day. I am very lucky that I can see the nest well from my balcony door. They made the nest on top of one of the columns off the master bedroom balcony on the 2nd floor.

I've consistently seen one of the doves on the nest until yesterday. It's been about two weeks since they redid the nest they had. I have a shallow dish of water on the balcony. I'm afraid to put food in the area as there are a lot of birds already and I don't want to attract a predator. I live in South Florida so of course it's warm. I also live very close to a lake. Just a few yards from the balcony.
What can I do to help the lone dove. The eggs must be close to hatching time?

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Aug 15, 2011
Did they make it?
by: Virginia S

Curious to know how your doves are doing. I know that with both parents feeding babies, they can leave the nest within 2 weeks, wonder how yours fared with just one. Doves eat seed, and are ground feeders, so just putting some out in your yard should be fine to keep the remaining parent feed, since they still feed the young for a few weeks after they leave the nest. I have lots of other birds, and they don't seem to scare doves from my yard.

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