Re: dark and very light Eurasian Collared-Doves
- Hi Edana,
I've looked through several series of photos from other observers of the Mile Square Park flycatcher, and my reaction to date was that it was probably a Dusky, but I just wasn't fully convinced. However, with your even lengthier series of photos, I now agree with the identification of it being a Dusky. Other photos have suggested a moderately lengthy primary projection, which is obviously problematic for a non-calling Hammond's/Dusky. However, the overall impression from your photos is of a moderately lengthy bill and a moderately lengthy tail, and, in combination with other features, indicates, in my opinion, a Dusky.
regards, Jim Pike
--- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, Edanasal@... wrote:
> Monday and Tuesday a brown Eurasian Collared-Dove visited my backyard;
> today a very pale/whitish Eurasian Collared-Dove was seen. All the Eurasian
> Collared-Doves that I have seen have been the standard pale gray-buff - I
> have never seen a variation from this coloration anywhere in the US or
> Europe/UK. Now I've seen dark and light in 3 days. Are these variations
> typical for this bird?
> They both seemed to be a bit smaller, but I couldn't verify this because
> there were no other Eurasian Collared-Doves in the backyard at the time for
> comparison. Also neither of them perched, so I wasn't able to look at/take
> photos of their undertail coverts.
> I tried to load photos on the ocbirding site, but they wouldn't load for
> some reason. So I put them on my flickr page. While there, you will notice
> some flycatcher photos from the Spring Count at Mile Square Park. This
> bird was tentatively IDd as a Dusky Flycatcher, but the Count experts were
> going to look over the photos and the submitted description. If you have any
> other suggestions or confirmation...please let me know!
> Edana Salisbury
> Buena Park
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