[Tweeters] Mourning Dove

Douglas Canning dcanning at zhonka.net
Thu Feb 12 11:52:25 PST 2009

This morning I had the good fortune to see an outburst of bird activity
at my place that lasted about an hour. The snow coverage here is
reduced to 50%, and less than an inch where still present, from a
maximum of 3" on the 10th.

What was remarkable was the flock of up to 10 Mourning Dove foraging on
my alleged lawns, and perching in the alders in my swamp. I've never
before seen a flock this large this far north in Thurston County, and
never before any at my place near Black Lake in the 17 years I've lived

Also interesting was a robin with the breast-belly color pattern of a
Rufous-backed Robin, a Mexican species (illustration in National
Geographic field guide), but otherwise having all the characteristics
of an American Robin.

This report was mailed for Doug Canning by http://birdnotes.net

Date: February 12, 2009
Location: Evergreen Shores, Thurston County, Washington

Low temperature: 1 degrees celsius High temperature: 4 degrees celsius
Prevailing wind speed: < 1 km/h gusting to: 12-19 km/h Percentage of
sky covered by clouds: 0% Precipitation: none

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10 [1]
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2 [2]
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 10 [3]
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 2 [4]
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2 [5]
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 24 [6]
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) 3 [7]
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 15 [8]


[1] Foraging in leaf litter on lawns.
[2] Foraging in litter on roof.
[3] Feeders; gleaning alders.
[4] Feeders.
[5] Feeders.
[6] Foraging in leaf litter on lawns. One of them had the
breast/belly color pattern of a Rufous-backed Robin.
[7] Foraging in leaf litter on lawns. 1 male, 2 females.
[8] Feeders; gleaning alders, cedars.

Total number of species seen: 8

Douglas Canning
Olympia, Wash
dcanning at zhonka.net

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