Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mourning Dove Banding Recovery

A former subpermittee banded a Mourning Dove in Ipswich, South Dakota, on 13 May 2006. Slightly over 5 years later, on 23 September 2011, this bird was shot 15 miles south of Tilden, Texas. This location is about half-way between San Antonio and Corpus Christi.  


The oldest Mourning Dove banding recovery on record is 31 years, 4 months (Bird Banding Laboratory). An interesting recovery reported in  Birds of South Dakota was a bird banded on 1 July 1968 and recovered in El Salvador on 20 October 1968. Another was banded on 18 August 1975 and recovered in Nicaragua on 27 October 1975. Birds banded in South Dakota have also been recovered in Maryland and California.


This Mourning Dove photo was taken several years ago at South Dakota's Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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