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Dead baby in nest (1 Viewer)

NYCLIVING

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Hello all,

A pair of mourning doves decided to build a nest right outside my window.

About 5 days ago, both eggs hatched.

Yesterday when I got home from work, I noticed a lot of flies swarming the nest, couldn't figure out why. I did not want to investigate more, because I didn't want to disturb.

However, this morning, (either the dad or mom), flew away from the nest for a little while, and I noticed only one nestling. Unfortunately, I also saw the remains of the other dead baby.

The dead baby seemed to have been smashed, as if the parents and other baby were just sitting on top if it.

Questions:

1) Why did the baby die?
- I never bothered them, if anything I glanced from time to time, but it didn't seem bothersome to them. Also, they're nesting on a window in urban New York City, could it have been all the noise that startled them?

2) Why didn't they remove the dead bird? From what I've read, they toss out the dead babies to prevent infection spreading / parasites. (However there are a ton of flies and it's pretty dirty)

3) Will they discard of it later?



The ledge is EXTREMELY SMALL, i'm very surprised they chose to nest there. 3 grown birds would definitely not fit. Maybe they killed it to make room?



Thanks for the answers, I'm not a bird expert, just a little concerned.
 
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fugl

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Hello all,

A pair of mourning doves decided to build a nest right outside my window.

About 5 days ago, both eggs hatched.

Yesterday when I got home from work, I noticed a lot of flies swarming the nest, couldn't figure out why. I did not want to investigate more, because I didn't want to disturb.

However, this morning, (either the dad or mom), flew away from the nest for a little while, and I noticed only one nestling. Unfortunately, I also saw the remains of the other dead baby.

The dead baby seemed to have been smashed, as if the parents and other baby were just sitting on top if it.

Questions:

1) Why did the baby die?
- I never bothered them, if anything I glanced from time to time, but it didn't seem bothersome to them. Also, they're nesting on a window in urban New York City, could it have been all the noise that startled them?

2) Why didn't they remove the dead bird? From what I've read, they toss out the dead babies to prevent infection spreading / parasites. (However there are a ton of flies and it's pretty dirty)

3) Will they discard of it later?



The ledge is EXTREMELY SMALL, i'm very surprised they chose to nest there. 3 grown birds would definitely not fit. Maybe they killed it to make room?



Thanks for the answers, I'm not a bird expert, just a little concerned.

Chances are the dead nestling died of natural causes— it happens. Once the living nestling fledges, the doves—parents and young both—will lose interest in the nest; they certainly won’t attempt clean it up in any way though it’s possible they might build a new nest on the ledge later in the season.

Let’s hope the surviving nestling has better luck . . ..
 

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