Harris's Sparrow and Eurasian Collared-Doves in Bishop

Observers: Chris Howard and Rosie Beach
Email: choward@telis.org
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Date: 12/25/2003
Time: 06:20:16 PM


Christmas morning brought an adult Harris's Sparrow to our feeder. Shortly after receiving that present, two collared doves showed up that we couldn't call anything but Eurasian Collared-Dove. These are the first we've seen, although there have been a few other sightings in the Bishop area in the past couple years. There are a few Ringed Turtle-Dove flocks around Bishop, cage-bird escapees, that are easily confused with Eurasian Collared-Dove (See Sibley). The first marks we saw which fit Eurasian were the ashy-gray undertail covers flanked by black patches at the base of the tail. They were fairly stocky and mid-gray backed with some brownish tones to the wings. Happy holidays!