Not to SHOOT, mind you, but to just bird watch? I see mourning doves perched around town on power lines when I ride my bicycle in the morning. I saw a lonesome dove this morning while biking along the Boise River and the bird was perched up on a wire and it was cooing. I live in Boise, ID. It's summer and mourning doves are around. I have a hummingbird feeder and that gets the little birds at my apartment back patio. The lady next door attracts squirrels by putting critter food on the ground and as small dish of water. Would a hanging flat tray bird feeder work under the eve of my patio to bring wild mourning doves in? How about a hanging bird water bottle as well? Is critter food, for squirrels and general wild songbirds, something doves fancy to eat? I hear doves cooing in the morning in my neighborhood but they don't come close to my apartment like the other birds do. There are telephone lines right on my street for birds and squirrels to perch on. I tried playing a recording of mourning dove plaintive calls on my patio for several mornings but they didn't come close.
Would a static decoy or two placed on the feeder bring doves to a patio feeder?