Re: [kerncobirding] Common Ground-Doves
- At 04:39 PM 2/26/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>What a story!
>A couple of months ago, a fellow birder rather casually mentioned to me
>that they had seen Common Ground-Doves at the White Wolves Preserve in
>the southern San Joaquin valley of Kern. He also told me that that
>species was even listed on the preserve's bird check-list! Until that
>moment I believed that the only record for Common Ground-Dove in the
>central valley of Kern (and perhaps the entire San Joaquin Valley) was a
>specimen at the L.A. County Museum of Natural History of a bird taken by
>a local dove hunter a few falls ago. This afternoon, I took a drive out
>that way and found five Common Ground-Doves without even leaving my
>vehicle! This absolutely stupefies me! Is this a naturally occurring
>population? When did they get here? And doesn't anybody ever look at
>the range maps in their field guides? This represents a rather
>significant range extension for this species and will probably go down
>as the best kept birding secret in Kern County history! Shame on us!
You know we will ALL now be out and about looking for Common Ground Doves all
over Kern County. And, possibly (likely?) finding one or more in one or more
The fact the species is on the official Wind Wolves checklist and had not
permeated to the kerncobirding community in some manner is noteworthy (AKA
amazing, stupefying, "shameless").
Did you see the checklist? Do they list it as a year round resident? As a
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- Birders: Ken and Brenda Kyle found 17 COMMON GROUND-DOVES in an
orange grove about 3.5 miles north of the entrance to Wind Wolves
Preserve, this morning. Gary File and I saw 5, at various times,
but the Kyle's saw 4 in one flock and 13 in another, some distance
from the first. It is and will be very difficult to determine the
true size of this population of the doves because they spend the
majority of their time among, between, under, and in the orange
trees. Our best view of the morning came when Ken Kyle spotted two
doves calmly feeding on the ground about 50 feet into the grove.
THAT'S tricky birding! The location is at the junction of Highway
166 and San Emidio Rd., in the southwestern most corner of the San
Joaquin Valley, about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield.