Learn how to attract mourning doves in your backyard with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Mourning doves are delicate, delightful birds that are welcome in any birder’s backyard. They can be shy birds, and a bit harder to attract than other wild birds. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can attract the beautiful birds all year round.
In order to attract mourning doves, you’ll need a variety of grains and feed. They enjoy millet, cracked corn, wheat and sunflower seeds. Due to their larger size, mourning doves need to feed on platform feeders or tray feeders. They’re also partial to feeding on the ground as long as it’s relatively clean of seed husks.
You can also plant berry bushes or seed-bearing flowers for a food source. Once the birds have a reliable food source, they’ll keep coming back to that same spot.
All birds need a water source for drinking and bathing. Providing all your backyard birds with fresh, clean water in a bird bath is a great way to start. Adding a water feature or running water can also encourage birds to visit.
Shelter & Nesting
Mourning doves like to perch on clotheslines, telephone wires or rest on bare patches of the ground. Their nests tend to be loose and messy, built on tree limbs or ledges around your home. You can provide the birds with nesting materials like grass clippings, twigs and pine needles. They nest whenever it’s convenient, so you can actually leave the materials out year round.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need for backyard bird watching. We understand that different species have different needs. That’s why we offer a variety of bird feed and feeders to attract birds of all kinds to your backyard. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned birder, Blain’s Farm & Fleet has you covered. For more tips on attracting wild birds and bird watching, visit our Wild Bird Care blog.