There is a wild dove that returns to my home every year
to nest. I know that doves typically make shabby little nests. Is there a
way I can facilitate her nesting in a safe, out-of-the way place, where
she is least likely to be bothered by my children or my dogs?
Most birds are very much creatures of instinct and habit, and I doubt
anything you could do will have an impact on the dove's choice of nesting -
they do pretty well on their own, after all, if they didn't there wouldn't
be so many of them in both rural and suburban areas. The best thing to help
is to watch where the nest is and keep the kids/pets out of the bird's way.
I have no clue as to where you are located, but this sounds like a mourning
dove [or related species] nest. It is best to leave them alone, they have
survived building these types of nests for thousands of years. They are
not easily trainable and do not respond to human efforts.
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