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Eurasian Collared Dove ~ Day 262

I see a lot of different birds on my deck. The feeder has sunflower seeds and it attracts many types of birds. This dove visits every now and then and always takes my breath away. He is almost white. I am used to seeing the brown mourning doves. Yesterday he brought someone with him. It looks like two males but time will tell. In researching these doves I found out they are rare to the US. These doves are skittish so I had to take these photos from inside the patio door, in between the blinds. Very interesting facts I read about…

  • Introduced into the Bahamas in the 1970s, some migrated to Florida in the 1980s. They went unnoticed at first because they look much like the Ringed Turtle-Dove. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s that ornithologists realized the suddenly prolific and quickly spreading “turtle-doves” they were watching were actually Eurasian Collared-Doves. Their impact on native species is unknown; some have suggested that their spread represents exploitation of a niche made available by the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.

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365 Photos Challenge Day 262

#1 Captured on deck railing

This dove is absolutely stunning. I always welcome his rare visits to my deck.

  1. Kim, I cannot seem to reply to your comment…. I took this from inside, only two inches of blinds were open to work with and was really surprised what I got. I submitted it to Cornell, as I told Doc. You can report rare bird sightings.

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#2 US Map of Dove sightings

This US map shows how rare the sightings are of this Eurasian dove.

#3 Another shot of this beauty

Sharing this beautiful visitor with you. I hope he continues to visit the deck and poses for the camera.

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