Saturday, March 4, 2017

Eurasian Collared Dove

On Friday, I checked the town of Dennison in western Goodhue County for Eurasian Collared Doves. I’ve seen these birds there in previous years. Dennison is a tiny hamlet, dominated by its grain elevators. Grain, whether spilled from elevators or offered at bird feeders, accounts for the collard dove’s survival.

The birds originate from the Middle East and Europe. The first birds appeared in Florida, after being introduced to the Bahamas. Multiple releases cloud the origins of other North American collared doves, now found across much of the United States. Little seems to exist to halt their continued range expansion, and, in may areas of the United States, the species is abundant.

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