Absurdities #4

By Eilene Lyon

I get tickled every time I read this species description for the Eurasian Collared-Dove in my National Geographic bird guide: “…do not do well in the wild” they claim.

From Project FeederWatch: “No species of bird has colonized North America at the speed with which the Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) has marched across the continent.”

Captive birds released in Bermuda established a breeding colony in Florida in 1982. From there, they have spread in a northwesterly direction, and are now found in nearly every state, even Alaska. Sounds like they’re doing pretty well in the wild to me!  I wonder if they might someday rival the flocks of the extinct passenger pigeon?

In Colorado it’s always open season on collared doves. Squab for dinner, anyone?

Feature image:  © Ryan Schain – Macaulay Library

Sources:

Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Third Edition. National Geographic, Washington, D.C. p. 236.

Project FeederWatch: https://feederwatch.org/blog/eurasian-collared-doves-conquering-america/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_collared_dove

 

5 thoughts on “Absurdities #4

Add yours

Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

bleuwater

thoughts about parenting and life from below the surface

Northwest Journals

tiny histories

Writing in Progress

... stories of significant others ...

Coach Carole Ramblings

Celtic, Mythical and More ...

In So Many Words

Creative writing inspired by life, love, laughter ... and a horse named Shakespeare

Forgotten Ancestors

Tracing The Faces

The Patchwork Genealogist

Uncovering Family Legacies One Stitch at a Time

Family Finds

Adventures in Genealogy

What's Going On @ ACGSI

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana Blog

sue clancy

visual stories: fine art, artist books, illustrated gifts

Ask the Agent

Night Thoughts of a Literary Agent

Joy Neal Kidney

Family and local stories and history, favorite books

UNREMEMBERED

A History of the Famously Interesting and Mostly Forgotten

Gerry's Family History

Sharing stories from my family history

Rhyme Schemes and Daydreams

Things That Interest Me

Women Writing the West Blog

Writing about experiences of women and girls in the North American West.

Author J.v.L. Bell

Exploring the Past to Improve the Future

thedihedral.wordpress.com/

Climbing, Outdoors, Life!

here2where

Travels Galore

%d bloggers like this: