Bird Feeders : Mourning Dove
Mourning Doves are medium-sized birds that are about twelve inches long. Their characteristics include long pointed tail feathers, gray upper sides, reddish feet and legs, and small heads. They often inhabit woodlands, open areas, farms, towns and cities and frequently live near people.
In making feeders for Mourning Doves, one good measurement is an 8” x 8” base and an 8” ceiling. It is better to use a gable roof as well that provides extra head room for doves because mourning doves are slightly larger than other common birds. Remember to mount the platform about 7-14 feet above the ground on the side of a garage or shed that overlooks an open space, like the backyard. The location should provide balance sunlight and enough protection against predators like cats and squirrels.
Another technique to attract Mourning Doves would be to form an 8 diameter cup from hardware cloth and nail it in the fork of tree branches. This can be used by the doves as a nesting platform. Of course, remember to put adequate food on your nesting sites, perches and feeders. Put a lot of wheat, corn and seeds. Hemp, sand croton, and weeds also attract the mourning doves.
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