[Tweeters] Bird ID Challenge

Kelly McAllister mcallisters4 at comcast.net
Sun Apr 30 08:39:47 PDT 2017

I'm stumped. I think the distinct brown spot you referred to might be the birds' feet? I thought your size description and the general shape of the birds was consistent with pigeon, perhaps band-tailed pigeon, but the breast colors don't work for that species.

Kelly McAllister

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From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of John Riegsecker
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Friday forenoon I photographed the southern ends of birds flying north at Steilacoom Park. There were at least 17 in all, flying in a loose flock. I would say they were somewhere between the size of a pigeon and a crow. The photos are butt shots taken at extreme range. However, you can see they have a white breast, which narrows to a strip and then becomes wider near the tail, with a distinct brown spot. Perhaps someone who knows their birds backwards and forwards can identify them.

Photos here:


Thanks in advance for any help.

John Riegsecker
Gig Harbor, WA
jriegsecker at pobox dot com

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