|Mourning doves were nest building recently in San Juan Capistrano. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
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.