Another invasion!

One of our birding forum members spotted an Eurasian-collard Dove at his feeder today.  This is the second sighting of this bird I’ve heard of this year.  I guess it was just a matter of time.  You see, these doves are non-native and considered by many as pests.

Eurasian-collard Doves are related to African- collard Doves that were released from cages in the Bahamas in the late 1980s.  From there they spread to Florida.  Now they flock, sometimes by the thousands, over much of North America.  Many states have no closed hunting season and no limit on these birds but they just keep coming!  It is yet to be understood the harm these birds may cause to our native populations of Mourning Doves,

White-winged Doves and

Common-ground Doves.

Non-native European Starlings made it here three or four years ago.  Baja Sur resisted them for a long, long time.

I hope Eurasian-collard Doves never fill the skys of Baja Sur like

Starling murmurations.

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