Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Need advice for moving mourning dove nest

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 01:21   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 3
Need advice for moving mourning dove nest

Mourning doves have built a nest in my garage. They've just successfully hatched their second pair of eggs, so they've been there a couple months. We've been leaving the garage door open a few inches at the bottom at night or when we're gone during the day to allow the parents to get in and out, though I don't think they're using the opening, because as soon as we fully open it in the morning, one (the dad?) flies out. And we've seen one waiting in the driveway for us to open the garage fully when we're gone during the day.

So my problem is . . . we're going on vacation for 8 days in early July. We want to fully close the garage while we're gone, so I need to move the nest. I can easily hang a basket from our covered porch, which is right next to the garage, but it would be a distance of 20-25 feet.

Is that too far for them to find? When would be the best time to move the nest to the basket? When the babies have left and the nest is empty? When the parents leave the babies alone in the nest? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
genamagouirk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 03:51   #2
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 14,428
I’d just close-up dove access to the garage as soon as the present brood has fledged and wait until I was back from my travels before opening it up again. If inclined to re-nest in the interim, the doves will find some other place. There’re quite flexible in their requirements, and over the years have built nests on my property in all sort of places: shed, porch overhang, flowerpots, trees.
Bird photos (Flickr):
". . .Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet."

--Gerard Manley Hopkins

Last edited by fugl : Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 06:47. Reason: type
fugl is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 13:23   #3
KC Foggin
Super Moderator
BF Supporter 2018
KC Foggin's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Myrtle Beach SC "Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places"
Posts: 243,362
I agree with fugl on this. Soon as the fledglings have left the nest, close the garage door.
KC a/k/a common KC

Karma - What you send out
Comes right back at ya
KC Foggin is online now  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mourning dove nest KGarcia Birds & Birding 2 Friday 4th May 2018 01:08
Help! Need advice on moving a dove nest due to construction. KDJinCali Birds & Birding 8 Friday 11th July 2014 01:22
Mourning Dove Nest Mandy Birds & Birding 10 Sunday 12th April 2009 05:48
Sad end to my patio Mourning Dove nest jasonbc Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes 1 Tuesday 20th May 2008 07:43
New mourning dove nest masonr Birds & Birding 1 Wednesday 23rd June 2004 14:11

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.11751103 seconds with 13 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 14:14.