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Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA
A pair of mourning doves nests on a small ledge on our house, and we watch them with a webcam. This video shows the female dove laying the second egg of her first clutch of the season on March 23, 2019.
Nests Near Humans
suddenly…….BAM! theres an egg!
Does she make anynoises? We have a morning dove in a old nest just sitting there but when we walk by she du is down like there’s something there.
About 2 weeks ago a bird went on my deck on my grill made a nest on my grill the side part. Out in the open. I moved the Gill under the tarp so it wouldn’t get wet. I won’t go on the deck so I won’t scare them. I watch in my livening window. Sometime another bird comes and the bird flies away and the other bird takes over. It so interesting and I look all the time
When I do go out she takes off but comes back after I go in
The eggs are big. Now I looked out and the big eggs are gone and 2 small are there. Don’t know what to do
Hi Effie, When you find a wild birds’ nest, it’s best to give it plenty of space. Do not move or alter the nest environment. A songbird’s nesting period typically lasts around four weeks or so from egg laying to the fledging stage. If you think the eggs might be abandoned, please check out our FAQ for more tips on how to proceed.
I have a dove that laid her eggs in an not so safe area, to much movement of people. On my porch pot. Now we can’t go outside. Not to interfere with her. What we to do???
First time on this website!
Hi Evelyn, If eggs are present, the nest is protected by federal law and it cannot be moved. The best thing to do is to leave the nest along and give it plenty of space – use other doors if possible while the nest is active. If that door is the only exit to your home, then do your best to open the door quietly and slowly when you need to use it. If you have visitors or are expecting mail persons to venture near the nest, a sign placed on your porch to warn others to also steer clear, or proceed quietly might help reduce disturbance. Once this nest is done and over with, you might be interested in building and placing a Mourning Dove nest cone in a more ideal spot on your property, which may help attract the dove to nest there instead in the future. If you have any additional questions, please email NestWatch@cornell.edu – we are not always able to review all comments.
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