Monday, September 5, 2011

White-winged Dove in our Marathon yard

A White-winged Dove showed up in our yard yesterday and is present today.

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Sept 6 update: The White-winged Dove has fallen in with our gang of Mourning Doves and together they sunbathe, roost, feed and drink, thus providing a great opportunity to compare these closely related species.

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Of approximately 35 occurrences in Ontario, ten have been documented from the Thunder Bay District for all months between April and November (see below), according to OBRC records. Remarkably, perhaps, four of these have shown up at the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory.
  • April 26-27, 1986. Thunder Bay.
  • August 16, 1995. Thunder Cape.
  • June 27 - July 1, 2001. Lappe.
  • June 14 - 19. 2003. Kakabeka Falls.
  • October 13, 2006. Thunder Cape.
  • August 15 - September 3, 2006. Rossport.
  • November 15-28, 2007. Manitouwadge.
  • May 27, 2008. Thunder Cape.
  • May 22-23, 2009. Thunder Cape. 

For a species that is non-migratory through most of its breeding range in the southern US, central America and the Caribbean, it is a surprisingly regular vagrant to the north and particularly, to New England and the Maritime provinces.

A gallery of vagrant White-winged Doves from Surfbirds can be viewed here.

1 comment:

  1. First you get the Zigzag Darners you were looking for, and now this!! Very cool stuff!