Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Eurasian Collared-Dove

We have a visitor—again—in our front yard. 

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At first glance, this might be a Mourning Dove escaping from the hunters blasting away in the public hunting a half mile away.  At least that’s what we thought.

Then on second look, it definitely is bigger.  The call is louder and a bit harsher.  The Eurasian Collared-Dove originated as a Mideastern species that extended its range into Europe, the Bahamas, then Florida.  The information on my Audubon Guide says this species was officially recognized in the U.S. in the 1990’s.  It probably will become more common to have  sightings here in Kansas as the species moves westward.  Dan sat outside this morning watching the bird in the picture and he said it was not tolerant of the Mourning Dove pair we have had here all summer.  If it is going to be a bully species, the good news is that this bird or one similar only shows up in the spring and fall. 

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