Bird Invasion

“Coming Soon to a Neighbourhood Near You” is a species of bird that has an amazing travel history. I live on the east coast of Vancouver Island and until a few years ago I hadn’t heard of Eurasian collared doves. Now they are at my birdfeeders and birdbaths.

Basically they look like a slenderer version of the domestic pigeon, but the colour is paler and more beige. A dark partial ring at the nape of the neck helps to identify it. The ring is not always easy to see.

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 In the 1800s the Eurasian collared dove could be found in southern Asia, from Turkey to China and India. By the 1900s they had traveled to Europe and north Africa. In the 1970s  they were introduced into the Bahamas and from there they have spread all over North America except for the extremely cold north.

But today at my birdfeeding station, they wanted dinner and a bath.

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“That birdbath looks too shallow for us,” Mrs. Dove warns.

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“I don’t agree,” he says. “And there you go again ruffling my feathers.”

 

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“I’m going to go for it. Here I go. Bombs away!”

After watching this scene, what could I do but call Avian Rescue 9-1-1?

 

25 thoughts on “Bird Invasion

  1. We have them here too. On one hand I find them pleasant and enjoy hearing their calls, but I wonder what impact they will have on the native species because they provide competition for food sources. I’ve already talked to people who have been harvesting them for the dinner table.

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  2. Dove season is just about to start here in Texas. I believe it’s September 1, with variable seasons depending on the part of the state. They’re wonderful eating. Try them wrapped with bacon, on the grill.

    Down in south Texas, white wings predominate, but this species also is around. We call them ring-necked doves. You might enjoy this page. Note that there’s no closed season for the ring-necks, probably because of their status as invasives.

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  3. No eating doves over here! These are gorgeous photos, Anneli. These are a cross between pigeons and mourning doves, it looks like. We have both here, but not these doves.

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  4. We have two couples hanging around here – they are very pretty. But eating them… no way! We were raising and breeding pigeons for many years and the only pigeons that were on our table were the young ones from the nests before their first flight. Then they make a marvelous meal. They have the same size as a grown one but the feathers are not complete, so they couldn´t fly yet. We had to check every day to see when they are “ready.” Kind of sad but we had too many pigeons around, so we had to enjoy them this way too. (Made up for our ruined shingles on the roof – haha).

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    • You couldn’t eat the ones you have now anyway, because you’d have to catch them first. They are different from the domestic pigeons, but it’s quite possible that you have the Eurasian kind. They seem to be making themselves at home everywhere.

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