Maeve - it's normal Mourning Dove in molt.
From: Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 4:19 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] help needed with odd-looking dove
Back in June, I took a picture of an odd-looking pigeon at my feeders but didn’t
post it because I convinced myself it was just one of the many different
plumages of everyday feral pigeons. It turned out to be a Band-tailed Pigeon -
but I didn’t identify it for two and a half months.
Today I photographed
another odd-looking feeder bird, another dove. It looked like a Mourning Dove in
many ways (pink feet, dark spots, black bordered wing tips), but it appeared
longer and bulkier than a nearby Mourning Dove. The white eye ring was more
pronounced than I’ve seen in Mourning Doves, and there was something odd about
the top of its head. It didn’t make the characteristic noise when it took off.
Also, I didn’t notice any white edges to the tail when it was walking around or
when it flew, although one of the photos suggests white there.
think of anything it could be other than a Mourning Dove – but having been
burned by the Band-tailed Pigeon, I decided I’d better let others take a