"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mourning doves often pick unusual nesting sites

Mourning doves were nest building recently in San Juan Capistrano. Photo by J.J. Meyer
Mourning doves are prolific nesters, having up to six broods a year. The female generally lays two eggs per clutch. The male assists with nest building, incubation and feeding the young.

The nest is a flimsy assembly of pine needles, twigs and grass stems. The nest is unlined with little insulation for the young. Over 2 to 4 days, the male carries twigs to the female, passing them to her while standing on her back.  The female weaves them into a nest about 8 inches across. These birds  sometimes reuse their own or other species’ nests.

Mourning doves are seemingly unbothered by people and often nest in gutters, eaves or hanging baskets on porches and patios.

Happy Birding!

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