Re: Eurasian Collared Dove in California
- Allow me to share some east coast perspective.
ECD have been firmly established in coastal South
Carolina for over a decade. Here, they favor the
developed sea islands (in particular dry, scrubby
beachfront areas) over any other habitat type.
ECD are also well-established in our rural,
agricultural areas and in suburban areas around cities
In certain coastal places like Sullivan's Island, SC -
ECD are the predominate Dove, having supplanted
Mourning Doves from that category. They seem to be in
the process of doing this in portions of adjacent
Mount Pleasant, SC (on the mainland).
Have no doubt that Eurasian Collared-Doves are in CA
to stay and that their presence will affect other bird
species, in particular other Doves.
I am a bit fearful of the long-term effect of ECD on
Inca Doves in (sub)urban areas in places like SE
However, the presence of ECD is not bad news for all
birds - for example the Cooper's Hawks that nest in my
neighborhood. They seem to welcome ECDs filling the
Passenger Pigeon's place on the menu.
Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
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