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Should I remove unsafe dove nest?

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Old Monday 19th June 2017, 21:56   #1
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Exclamation Should I remove unsafe dove nest?

I was observing the doves in my yard and noticed that one had built her nest in a low hanging and weak branch. I watched nervously as the wind blew her around violently. I didn't feel it was right to disturb her, especially as this may be a valuable lesson to the bird. I never once saw her partner. A few days later I go out and see that she is gone. Her unhatched eggs are on the ground below the nest, in pieces. I feel terrible. It's been about a week, the nest is abandoned. I do not want other birds using this nest. Should I remove It? Maybe remove the entire branch? Did I do the right thing?

On the other hand, theres another beautiful dove couple that chose to nest in the palm tree. Much safer in my opinion.
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Old Monday 19th June 2017, 22:29   #2
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Hi Zeblua, welcome to Bird Forum!
You did the right thing in not disturbing the bird. Doves are notorious for their cursory nests. The time they save on nest building they reinvest in raising more offspring. So lots of small broods rather than one big one, accepting that some get lost.
Let the nest remains stay. Small passerines don't reuse nests, so leaving the old one may actually be a bit of a deterrent.
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Old Tuesday 20th June 2017, 00:52   #3
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Thanks so much for the response.
I'll leave it be, then.

Also, that explains why it looks more like a pile of sticks rather than a nest
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