[Tweeters] Eurasian Collared Doves
nreiferb at gmail.com
Sat Jan 29 14:12:48 PST 2022
Eurasian Collared Doves- interesting information from Gary Bletsch. About
that large flock of doves in Conway. A good project is to monitor that area
for the presence of large accipiters. Nelson Briefer- Anacortes.
On Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 1:58 PM Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at protonmail.com>
> Dear Tweeters,
> It has been interesting reading the thread about Eurasian Collared Doves
> the last few days. Here is my two-cents' worth, regarding only observations
> of this species in Skagit County.
> We are now about 30 days into the new year of 2022. So far, I have seen
> Eurasian Collared Doves on 42 occasions during that stretch, at 12
> different sites in Skagit. The sites include my yard near Lyman, a yard in
> the town of Lyman itself, two sites on :Fir Island, one on Samish Island,
> two sites on the Samish Flats, plus several other scattered sites, all of
> which are in the western part of Skagit County. Numbers of individuals have
> apparently decreased a bit since the weather events of November and
> December, when we had a big flood, followed by a long cold snap. Many of my
> 41 observations were of just one or two birds. Even so, during this month
> of January, I have observed flocks that contained the following numbers of
> birds: 38, 20, 13, 11, 7, 6, and 6. The big flock of 38 individuals was at
> the grain silo in Conway.
> Digging deeper, I checked my records for the first 29 days of each of the
> last few years. This is the third January of my retirement, so my effort
> has been somewhat greater these last three years. The numbers of
> observations over these three years have remained consistent.
> 2022, 41 observations;
> 2021, 36;
> 2020, 37;
> 2019, 30;
> 2018, 17;
> 2017, 34;
> 2016, 15;
> 2015, 19;
> 2014, 7;
> 2013, 8;
> 2012, 9;
> 2011, 3;
> 2010, 2;
> 2009, 1;
> 2008, 3.
> In Skagit County, Eurasian Collared Doves began attracting notice in
> September of 2017, starting with a flock that showed up on the Calhoun
> Road, west of Mount Vernon. A birder in that neighborhood later told me
> that the little flock of doves there had been present for months, perhaps
> as much as a year, before word had gotten got out. I saw my first ones on
> 9-15-07, and it seems to me that the species has been increasing ever
> since, albeit with some "corrections," as followers of the stock market
> like to say.
> As best I can recall, the only time I have seen a Eurasian Collared Dove
> being eaten by a predator in Skagit was on April 11, 2015; a Merlin was
> eating a Eurasian Collared Dove on the front lawn of a house by the river
> in the town of Lyman.
> Yours truly,
> Gary Bletsch
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