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Bird nests

I have a bit of a thing about bird nests. I find them rather magical, and once the birds have finished with them, I often collect them to display. Right now there are at least four bird nests in our yard: a mourning dove nesting in our only "tree" (an overgrown bush 20' tall), a mourning dove nesting on our front porch, a cardinal nesting in one of the bushes (one with red leaves, very smart of her!), and a dratted starling nesting in the soffitt of one of the central gable. (I'd get rid of the starling, but from the sound of it, she already has babies, and I draw the line at starving innocent fledglings.) Here are the mourning doves (hard to see in the first photo, I know, but she's there):

I should probably have discouraged the one from nesting on the front porch column, but I was feeling charitable. A different bird nested there last year, too, in a terra cotta pot.

I'd like to take the nests when the babies have grown up, but I don't know if mourning doves reuse their nests. Does anyone know?


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May. 7th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
The white-tail doves here build similar looking nests that aren't very durable and the first wind storm we have, they are down. So, I think not, but could be wrong!
May. 7th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, once I got a closer look at it, I could see that the mourning doves' nest was pretty flimsy. I had a surprise, though--one day I went to peek and there was a 'teenage' dove in it! I had never seen him as a baby--maybe the mama hides him under wing or something? I thought she was still sitting on an egg!
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