Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
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I, too, wonder if something happened to mama dove. We have several birdhouses around and a couple of years ago there were babies in it. I could hear them chirping and I could see mama or daddy? going in and out of the opening. Then I noticed no adult birds were going in and out of the opening any more. I waited several months before I ever opened the birdhouse up and all the babies still in the nest dead and icky. I figured something had gotten mama bird. And then last year, I kept finding dead babies out on the grass - they didn't have feathers yet. I have no idea what happened to them - if another bird got in the nest or ?? We live along a slough and there are all sorts of ducks that nest along it. When the babies are still quite small, there are usually 8 or so, per mama, and then as they get a bit larger, you can see their numbers dwindle. It makes me so sad - it seems that the majority don't make it. I always get upset too when something happens to them. In your case, Kara, I wouldn't be as upset if it is just the eggs that are being left as I would be if it was babies being left. The doves in my yard have gotten so tame. They will fly in to bathe or drink from the birdbaths when I am just a few feet away. That surprised me.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom