I went to plant up my hanging basket in May, and to my suprise a collared dove (i think it is, new to this bird watching game) . was sitting in it. She didnt move so i just went back indoors and watched from the window. When she flew off i went back outside to see two eggs. First of all i crept aboout when outside but soon realised very little fazed her so we went about our normal business. Anyway last week they hatched, and on thursday they flew for the first time. At one point mum dad and chicks were up on the roof. But today i have gone outside to find the chicks sitting on two flowerpots. A few minutes ago were back on the nest. The question i would like to ask is Can i help by leaving any feed out for them. Think mum and dad are still around but how long does she feed them for. They dont seem to be worried by us coming and going, are they likely to stick around for long. Garden is enclosed, dont see many cats. Picture on facebook but i am not sure how to show it here.
Hi Quackers welcome to the forum, Collared Doves will nest everywhere, behind Satellite dishes etc, we even had someone post a few weeks back of one nesting on a windowsill of an open window..They like general bird seed etc.
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Hi Quakers, a warm welcome from me in Staffordshire.
LOL that's brilliant about where they have nested, definately used their noggins on that I reckon lol.
Yes, you can just leave your normal seed feed out, I put soft bill feed out on the ground and find most birds enjoy that including the doves, they also like sunflower hearts, the collared Doves will take it when they want to. I think they spend about three weeks in the nest after hatching.
EDIT X post with Alan, must learn to write quicker LOL
The truth is I'm mad. We are all mad and many are too mad to know the truth.
Look at this thread www.rspb.org.uk/.../79382.aspx
Glad you found that Alan, that thread immediately sprang to my mind when I read this post.
Hiya Birdie no probs..here's another photo www.rspb.org.uk/.../520264.aspx
That's great, I've watched the video and left a comment, thanks for the link Alan. Quakers take a look, it's reminiscent of what you've been watching.