Shandrew (shandrew) wrote,
Shandrew
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Wanted: One Hungry Red-Tailed Hawk

Crows are brilliant animals. They learn, use tools, pass on knowledge, and thrive where humans live. Though their populations follow human ones, they do not build their nests in places in areas that are easily accessible by people. They know that that's a bad idea.

In contrast, the common mourning dove is dumb as wood. A pair have recently been attempting to nest around our house:

Mourning Doves

At first, they tried to build a nest on the underside ledge of the eave on our roof...right in front of our front door. Clearly this was destined for failure, though it took the doves a week and fifty door-opens to figure this out. As far as nest progress, they managed to gather some long sticks, try to place them on the two-inch ledge, and naturally have them all fall onto our welcome mat. Yesterday, they moved to our backyard shed.

Mourning Doves

This time, there were two problems. First of all, they were trying to nest above my weber grill. I don't want bird poo on my grill. And smoked baby mourning dove is probably not what the birds want either. Next, they made the exact same mistake of building on a two-inch wide ledge! Let's review again...

- Two-inch ledge: Barely enough width for one chunky mourning dove
- Bird nest: Requires enough space for one bird, plus structural support, plus nest edging
- 6-10 inch twigs do not fit well on a two-inch ledge.

Mourning Dove "Nest"

These mourning doves are made of CUTE FAIL.

Mourning Doves

OMG THE DOVES ARE BACK TO THE FRONT DOOR WHERE ARE THOSE FERAL CATS WHEN I NEED THEM
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