Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Eurasian Collared Dove is an introduced species from the Caribbean, although it was originally indigenous to Eurasia. This was an unexpected sighting at the Water Ranch, although they seem to be common enough and well established now in the area. It was curious because I didn't see a single one last year, despite the Doves supposedly being year-round residents. They're a bit bulkier than the White-Winged Doves, and are a nice, chalky white and gray. Their collar consists of some standing, darker feathers on the nape of their neck.