Eurasian Collared Dove
- Sunday - June 27, 2004 - 4:30 PM - After a very rough day at sea on a
Shearwater Journeys pelagic trip, I ventured down to Manchester State Beach
to try to refind the Eurasian Collared Doves that were found earlier in the
month by Jerry White and Dorothy Tobkin. They had both seen the birds on
Duxbury Lane (off Stoneboro) near the Thompson's (fancy garden)
residence. I slowly drove Duxbury Lane twice without finding the
birds. I decided to drive out Barnegate, which is a short deadend single
lane road which leads to the north and overlooks Hunter's Lagoon at the
end. At the end of Barnegate there is a loop, and off that loop is a dirt
road which leads another 100 yards to where one can see Hunter's
Lagoon. As soon as I parked at the end of this dirt road I looked out the
front windshield and the pair of Eurasian Collared Doves where flying by
about 100 feet away right-to-left. I was able to get the binoculars on
them and verify that they were beige in color, had neck-rings, and dark
gray primaries which showed on the upper and lower wing. They disappeared
in the direction of the south edge of Hunters Lagoon and Bristol Road
(another deadend road).
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html
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strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have done
better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena."
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- I had a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves hanging around under my seed
feeder in SE Potter last week. One of them has been back every day
this week. I think it is the same one since it has white feathers
showing on the top of its left wing (scapular? covert?); I won't know
until I get them both at the same time .
George said they were coming and here they are.
I also had an unusually high 24 hour rainfall total ending this
morning at 0730 of exactly 3".
- I have been subliminally aware for the last several months that my neighborhood has been doing without the unpleasant call of the Eurasian Collared Dove.
They have come back in the past few days with perhaps four individuals nearby.
I think they may have displaced/replaced the much more melodious Mourning Doves.
SE Potter Valley