Eurasian Collared Doves!

This gallery contains 3 photos. NEW BIRD ALERT! Upon poking our heads out of the kitchen window, we discovered a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves wandering around in the backyard! However, when I tried to photograph them from the second floor sunroom, both took off — but one promptly went to roost on the cherry tree, and afforded me 30 seconds to capture several poses.

Eurasian Collared-Dove

This chubby one is quite aware of the camera trained on it. Instead of spooking, it’s actually quite fascinated by all this sudden attention.

Eurasian Collared Dove

We’ve heard the Eurasian Collared Doves for years, but have never seen one in the feathers. Here are these gentle doves foraging on the lawn, which was “salted” earlier with birdseed. We’re getting closer to having a partridge–these are “almost” turtle doves! 🙂

Eurasian Collared Doves

This brings the birds-identified-in-my-backyard headcount to 23 species, with a 24th species–a small grey bird with yellow under its wings–yet to be unnamed.

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9 thoughts on “Eurasian Collared Doves!

  1. Love the partridge and turtle dove comments!! You and your pear tree….almost makes me want to plant one! Interestingly in Turkey (home now 😦 ) there were loads of collared doves. In fact my partner kept saying, ‘look a pigeon!’ And I kept saying patiently (!) ‘No, it’s a collared dove! What is it???? Yes a collared dove!’
    I really want to see a turtledove but they’re are quite rare in the UK. Lovely post 🙂

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    • thanks, Elle! apparently they are very very common all over the world … just not in our backyard! at first I thought it was an African Collared Dove, which is very rare in North America … and then I found out it was an Eurasian Collared Dove. Can’t complain though, we saw them three more times over the same day! 🙂

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