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Old 03-16-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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This pair of doves has been checking out my balcony for their new nest. Is is the same pair that nested here last spring?

They visit early every morning and sit on the wicker bookcase shelves just beyond the living room French doors. One even came back and sat on the railing later this afternoon.

Last year the nest build, such as it was, took only 1-2 days as opposed to the the two weeks it took the robins to complete their nest. The next day the dove was laying her eggs, just two, which is normal for doves.

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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Do you have any photos of their nest from last year?
I usually have a pair of doves in my garden but I've never seen their nest.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
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The pair is now sitting on the railing. I'll try to find last years pix, we had to leave town just before they fledged so I missed that part, Won't do that again!
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Nice pair.
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We've a pair, well actually three (One still in the quest for the female) hanging around.
I noticed one of the males has only ONE tail feather. I wonder how that had occurred.

Are they known for tearing the feathers out of an opponent?
Perhaps (and I hope not).... it might have been a close call with the neighbors cat!
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This pair of doves has been checking out my balcony for their new nest...Last year the nest build, such as it was, took only 1-2 days as opposed to the the two weeks it took the robins to complete their nest. The next day the dove was laying her eggs, just two, which is normal for doves.


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Sage, your balcony is more of a wildlife garden than any of us would've expected!

I love the second shot; it really shows the beauty of the doves.
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Is your balcony at risk for predators? I had a Carolina wren nest on my deck, but the raccoon got her brood.Very sad.
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Is your balcony at risk for predators? I had a Carolina wren nest on my deck, but the raccoon got her brood.Very sad.
Occasionally squirrels or munkeys climb up the brick, but the two baby doves fledged last year without incident.

They were on the bookcase again this morning...
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Dap, there isn't even anything growing on the balcony! Don't even have the planters in place! But the birdies are protected from the weather, which helps those early nesters!
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Dap, there isn't even anything growing on the balcony! Don't even have the planters in place! But the birdies are protected from the weather, which helps those early nesters!
Whatever works for them. You've got wildlife!
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Occasionally squirrels or munkeys climb up the brick, but the two baby doves fledged last year without incident.
Munkeys ha...?
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