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Why Make Dove Nest Cones?

Mourning doves nest throughout California, particularly in valley, foothill, and desert areas. Wind and rain may cause natural dove nests to blow down or fall apart. In order to increase the mourning doves's reproductive success and provide new nesting areas, California Department of Fish and Game biologist John Cowan designed an artificial nest structure called a dove nest cone. The nest cone provides a sturdy base upon which doves can build their nests.

Where Do I Place the Dove Nest Cone?

Mourning doves often build their nests in the crotch of a tree limb, where a branch forks into two. Doves nest in many kinds of trees and situations where they have good visibility and easy escape routes. Place you dove nest cone on a sturdy tree limb 6 to 18 feet above the ground to avoid predators. Make sure that the cone is firmly anchored into place of sparse limb growth. Doves readily nest in urban areas. Hanging planters, folded awnings, and rain gutters have all been used by this adaptable bird. Placing several nest cones in your yard increases your chance of success.

Dove nest cones are an excellent conservation project for the sportsman, 4H, or as an Eagle Scout Project. If you don't have property of your own, the Department of Fish and Game has many wildlife areas which could be enhanced. Contact the nearest Regional Office about where nest cones could be placed.

What Can You Expect to See Happening in Your Dove Nest Cone?

Mourning doves begin nesting in March with the peak breeding season occurring in July. It takes 1 to 3 days for the male to bring the nesting materials to the female, who then builds the nest. Doves typically lay two, white, one inch long eggs per clutch and can lay 2 or 3 clutches per breeding season. It takes about a month for a pair of doves to raise one clutch. Both males and females take turns incubating the eggs, which hatch in about two weeks.

Both male and female doves feed the newly hatched young "crop milk," a high-fat, high protein substance produced by the adult dove's crop (food storage organ). Gradually, the amount of crop milk in the young's diet decreases and is replaced by seed. About two weeks after hatching, the young dove is ready to "fledge" or leave the nest. After leaving the nest, the young dove receives protection from its parents for 1 -2 weeks.

It is possible that the same breeding pair or one of the young will renest the following year in your dove nest cone. If not, the doves generally choose a spot near the first one.

Trim the 12" square to form a circle

Cut out 12" square piece of hardware cloth

Cut out wedge shaped piece

Select the site for the nest in a moderate shade tree from 6 to 18 feet above the ground. Nest sites must have limb clearance for easy escape for doves. Tie nest into place and bend the edges of the nest down slightly after it is fastened to the tree or branch.

Close the wedge cut by overlapping the hardware cloth about 3" and tying to form the nest cone.

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