I have noted in my guide "Older version" that in 2003 ABA bird name
changes listed "The official common name has been changed from Rock Dove to
Rock Pigeon. The bird's scientific name remains Columbia livia."
I am actually seeing more in remote non-residential locations, mostly
bridges including the one on Route 7 in Sunderland by the Heron rookery.
With all the manmade structures we will probably not see them return to rock
ledges for nesting but they are certainly wild birds. Nancy
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From: "Janet Watton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 11:17 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Two in one!
> Hello, all,
> We had a rare double citing in our yard today. My husband was headed up
> to the barn and surprised (and was surprised himself!) a barred owl on
> the ground under one of our apple trees just a few feet from him. It
> flew up into the tree long enough for me to come out and admire him, and
> then off to the edge of the woods. We looked on the ground where the owl
> had been and found a small, beautiful (dead) ermine. It remained there
> for the rest of the day in the snow but was gone this morning. We
> figured the owl would remember.
> On another note, I notice some of you call the Rock Dove "Rock Pigeon."
> I realize that the Pigeons and the Rock Dove are in the Columbidae
> family, but I have never until now heard that elevated nomenclature.
> Peterson, the Golden Book, National Geographic, and Sibley all call it a
> rock dove (though Peterson has "domestic pigeon" and Sibley "feral
> pigeon" parenthetically. I guess I ask all of this with a smirk, as I
> often have the reluctance to even add the creature to my lists!
> Randolph Center