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RE: mourning dove shelter

I took large branches that came down in storms, chopped them up into
approx. 4' lengths (w/ an ax, I don't like power tools) and made a
little square enclosure in between the trees along my tree line.

Just like you'd make a fort when you were a kid. In fall I add lots of
nice dry leaves to make it comfy and it is protected. Fence on one side,
trees on two sides and shrubs and such along the front. They love it. It
looks totally natural and they can hide in there and be safe. There are
times I'm weeding or whatever and am right on top of it before they fly
out and sit up in the trees waiting for me to move to the other side of
the yard.

It works here anyway!  Can't imagine why it wouldn't anywhere!!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Theresa- yahoo" <tchessie@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 24 Mar 2003 13:21:42 -0800

>What does you shelter look like?  I'd like to build one too!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
>Behalf Of Pamela J. Evans
>Sent: Monday, March 24, 2003 5:42 AM
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Subject: RE: [CHAT] id help please
>Oh I love my mourning doves! Ever since I built them a shelter, they
>stay in my yard all year 'round. Must have at least a dozen. As long as
>I'm fairly still and not moving too much, they'll keep feeding or
>sunning on the bricks. If I move suddenly or get too close, they go up
>in the tress and wait for me to go back up front, out of their
>sanctuary. Love hearing their cooing first thing in the mornings.
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: "Theresa- yahoo" <tchessie@yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Date:  Sun, 23 Mar 2003 21:07:25 -0800
>>"bejezus"- I haven't heard that term in a long time.  You crack me up Marge
>>and bring back funny memories of a kid who used that term in almost every
>>: )
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
>>Behalf Of Marge Talt
>>Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2003 8:01 PM
>>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] id help please
>>Yup...they'll eat each other if they don't find something else to
>>eat...voracious lil' items; they'll eat anything that moves that they
>>can catch.  They look like miniatures of the adults only a sort of
>>pale beige tan color; very tiny, like half an inch long or less when
>>they hatch.  The adults - at least those around here - become more
>>green and get quite large by the end of the season - up to 3" or so.
>>Sounds like you've got a pet dove:-)  I'm fond of ours...wouldn't be
>>summer without their woo-woo-wooing.  But ours are not tame at all
>>and fly off in hysteria whenever they see us....after eating our
>>birdseed for nearly 30 years, you'd think they'd get used to us.
>>Maybe she's found a new mate if she was seen with a couple of
>>I once had a bird nest in a hanging basket; scared the bejezus out of
>>me and the nestlings when I watered the nest without realizing they
>>were in there.  Baby birds all over the place; had to catch them and
>>put them back:-)  Forget what it was now; been so long; don't do
>>hanging baskets anymore as the wisteria has covered the trellis so no
>>sun gets in where I used to hang the baskets.
>>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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>>> From: Donna  <justme@prairieinet.net>
>>> Yipes, what do you mean the mantis are going to eat each other? I
>>> hoping for a nice crop of mantis to ward off the bad guys :)
>>> My mourning dove has been here for the last three years. She (I
>>think it
>>> is a she) lost her mate last year. Earlier this season she was at
>>> pond with two other doves, but have no idea where they are hiding
>>out at
>>> currently. She is very tame and doesn't panic as I do my gardening
>>> around her. In a few months she will leave the basket, I will
>>replace it
>>> with a growing one, then she will return to it unaware to me till I
>>> her with that spray of the hose.... we do this every year.:( --Last
>>> she even let me water the plant, although she really makes a dent
>>in the
>>> plant. We have learned to live together....:)
>>> I also get a variety of other birds here too... all fighting for a
>>> to nest. I have just about given up on hanging plants, and every
>>> has a few nests, not to mention all the other places they seem to
>>> It amazes me at times....
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>Pam Evans
>Kemp TX/zone 8A
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