While the title may seem like an oxymoron, let me explain. It’s spring and love is in the air, especially for a pair of doves looking for a place to nest.
Let me start by saying I love birds. When I was in grade school, my dad would take me with him on dove counts and quail counts that were part of his job as a wildlife manager. I learned the silhouettes of those birds and can still spot them today. He always pointed out the scissortails, the mockingbirds, the turkeys, and other birds that lived around our house in Texas. Currently, he has a large bird feeder at his house that I love seeing all the birds that come to feed. So, I have nothing against birds…
…until they want to start a home on our deck. Our house has a double-decker deck, meaning a large deck is over another large deck. Between the two is apparently the perfect place for doves to build their love nests. I wouldn’t mind them there other than they are noisy, cooing constantly, waking us up tto early in the mornings. Plus, they are not “deck trained.” I have no desire to clean bird poop off the deck, and I doubt Hubby does either.
This pair of doves is trying to nest outside our bedroom sliding door. They are way too noisy with all their cooing. They talk all the time. I want them out of there before they started laying eggs. They started a nest, but Hubby pushed it off before they could get far with it to lay eggs. I haven’t the heart to kill the baby birds. I need to stop them before it comes to that.
Hubby put spikes up in their prime choice for nesting. They didn’t mind. They moved down the row of joists and picked another spot. I’ve run them off all day long, but they keep coming back. I hope they get the hint and find someplace else more peaceful. In the meantime, Hubby will put more spikes up to dissuade them from taking up residence over our lower deck.
Don’t feel sorry for them. They have thousands of acres in the national forest on the edge of town to nest in. Let them go there. That’s what it’s for: wildlife habitat. My deck is strictly private property, and these unwanted guests need to fly the coop before it’s too late.