No Pics! I only have a little point and shoot, but even so I thought I should take it just in case an unusual picture presented itself (I didn't take it)! The doves were pretty close in two small trees beside the road!
Had an opportunity at midday to swing by to see these guys. I was shocked to count 15 of them!!!
They were right next to the road and were fairly peaceful until they noticed me looking at them and then they got nervous but didn't do much more than exchange perching branches just a little further away.
I did not spend much time as they were right in front of someone's house. I tried a couple of quick pictures.
Where are they all coming from??
Ed, have you birded the area long? I guess one could always ask the homeowners there if this is a new thing. For all we know they have a pen out back or maybe they're just as surprised as we are.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Very nice pictures, Gord - and thanks Ed for the initial observation! I also couldn't resist checking on these birds yesterday (about 3 p.m.) and found them just south of the McDermott / Wells Line Rd. intersection in a small stand of conifers.
Yes, I was hoping to get an under-tail shot to help distinguish from the Ringed Turtle-Dove. I'd estimate 8 birds, but there may have been more hidden in the pine boughs.
This species seems to be doing extremely well since its introduction to Florida. Checking population statistics in eBird (www.ebird.org) I would guess it's spreading up from the south--a lot of recent reported sightings coming from California and rising numbers from Washington state. I'm including a graphic generated out of eBird showing the general population increase "across the Americas." It is showing observation data from 2004 through 2008, each year represented by a different coloured line. Hope it shows up okay.