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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Giving Mourning Doves what they want

Mourning Dove
Many of us like hearing the mournful call of the native Mourning Dove; being lessened in some areas of north Texas by the influx of other birds.

Provide Mourning Doves a nesting site and they may repopulate and reappear the following years too!   Here's how:

Start with a 12-inch (dia.) disc of hardware cloth (like "chicken wire") that's cut straight to the center in one place. Pull the disc edges so it forms a shallow "dish". Tie it with wire so it doesn't lose its dish shape.

Fasten it across the fork of a tree limb in a somewhat hidden place. (They like some privacy!)  The spot needs to be shaded, and about 10 to 15 feet high.

   Again this year, I used the simple, mix-it-yourself fire ant "discourager" that I've used for years.  It's non-poisonous to pets, children, birds, etc., safe and inexpensive. (The  mixture is explained in my March 31 post.)  It costs me about a dime per application.

I poured it on the mound and the ants swarmed everywhere. Ten minutes later I checked and couldn't see a single ant moving around; even when I poked what was left of the mound repeatedly with a stick.

1 comment:

  1. How much to use per mound depends entirely on the sizes of the mounds. The key is to "drench" each mound. For an average fire ant mound (if there is such a thing) about 30-40 ounces should work