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Project by WayneC posted 03-24-2007 02:50 AM 5789 views 2 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realized I had not posted any projects. This took perhaps 10 minutes to make and is one of my favorite projects. It shows no skill or complexity, but I am fond of it.

Last summer a pair of doves was trying to build a nest on a wire plant shelf in the back yard. They had their eggs roll off. I whipped this out and replaced the shelf with it. I added their nesting materials and they raised 4 clutches of babies.

This photo is from this year. They came back. I updated the project to add the 3rd picture. This shows a parent and 2 babies. This was taken about two day before the babies left the nest. The parents are now working on their next clutch.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-24-2007 02:53 AM

Just a lot of fun! Good for you!

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#2 posted 03-24-2007 02:54 AM

a very important project indeed… and they came back!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Matt

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#3 posted 03-24-2007 03:22 AM

beauty comes from the heart…obviously you have a big one. Hope your tenants enjoy it also.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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Karson

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#4 posted 03-24-2007 03:51 AM

A home within a home. They look comfee.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chip

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#5 posted 03-24-2007 04:20 AM

That’s just a great photo. And a wonderful home for two. When ya think about it Wayne, you just built your first house! Very nice. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 03-24-2007 05:20 AM

I love it!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 03-24-2007 05:33 AM

Great idea Wayne. We had a few Morning Doves that would perch themselves on my son’s swing set last summer. If they come back this year, a box like this would be nice to make. Thanks for the idea.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 03-24-2007 11:32 AM

oh yah!! Oh my “to do” list for this weekend!!!

2 years in a row doves tried to build a nest on the window sill at Rick’s house. It was fun to watch them but the nest just wouldn’t stay on it. We were going to build them a shelf but never did. But I think we’ll figure something out here at my house!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#9 posted 03-24-2007 02:54 PM

A willow nest box?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#10 posted 03-24-2007 03:53 PM

I’m had one more comment relative to this project. I’m sitting here at 6:50 in the morning catching up on the latests posts, listening to the mourning doves calling. Very peacefull. For those of you in the Technology world, I would say that this meets the criteria for an Excellent return on investment.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 03-24-2007 06:39 PM

Nice project,
I see and hear the Doves in our neighborhood, but I don’t know where they nest.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#12 posted 03-24-2007 07:13 PM

Having the doves around makes it all worth while…Maybe you should build another box and attract some more..

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 03-24-2007 08:53 PM

last year we watched 2 families of doves in the pine tree that sits at the corner of our deck. It was fun to watch for their little heads to peek out over the edge of the nest. One day the two young were on the ground and I watched them all afternoon as they tried to maneuver around a edging board. They were too cute.

Willow Nest.. hmmm

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 03-27-2007 03:10 AM

Nice work Wayne, my Mom always said birds were Gods helpless creatures and we should look after them, I do too. So does my older bro. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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WayneC

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#15 posted 03-27-2007 03:25 AM

Thanks. Birds also have a fond place in my heart. We have a number of Pet Birds (2 Macaws, 2 Parakeets and the world’s oldest Pigeon, 14 years or so) as well as feeding all of the local birds. I usually make a batch of bird houses in the spring and give them away to people who will put them up on their property.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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