Scatter seeds, particularly millet, on the ground or on platform feeders. Plant dense shrubs or evergreen trees in your yard to provide nesting sites. Keep your cats inside - birds that spend much of their time on the ground are particularly vulnerable to prowling cats.
Find This Bird
Look for Mourning Doves on telephone wires and similar perches throughout your neighborhood, or keep an eye on patches of bare ground, where the birds gather to stock up on seeds and grit.
Mourning Doves add grace and movement to many urban and suburban settings. Keep track of your sightings – even in the heart of the city – as part of our Celebrate Urban Birds! program.
Download instructions for setting up a basket to attract nesting Mourning Doves (PDF)
If you know of a Mourning Dove nest, visit NestWatch to learn how to monitor it and report your observations
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Visit our section on how to set up a bird feeder. Then watch the birds and report your counts to Project FeederWatch.
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