Here is a pic of nesting baby mourning doves in a basket on the fence by my front door. They hatched over the weekend and even though their eyes aren’t open yet, they are becoming really active. I was concerned people coming over would scare the parents (I don’t have a back door to use), but as long as I open the door slowly they just stare and don’t move. Mom/Dad leave the nest for a few minutes late afternoons, so took some pics and wanted to share. Cute aren’t they.
Mary Jo, Martinez, California
Dove parents usually stay pretty calm if you move slowly when you pass by close to their nest. They construct their nests near us humans because our proximity helps to keep scrub jays and other predators away from their nest (and babies!). They may not be the best nest builders in the world, but they appear to be pretty smart, otherwise!
The worst mourning dove nest I EVER saw was one piece of straw on the flat top of a fence post. When mama dove laid her egg there, it rolled off. /Gary