Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Eurasian Collared Dove
This is the bird I am most often asked about here at Buckskin Mountain State Park. Campers hear its coo,Coo,coo dawn to dusk in the campground were it roosts in trees and feeds on the ground in the campsites. It’s easy at first to be taken in by its beauty, song, and nearness. But, there is a background,--- this is a very invasive species, having spread clear across the United State in less than thirty years. The end result is that it is driving our most common native species, the Mourning Dove almost out of sight. It’s repeated call now irritates, it constant appearance only serves to remind of the other doves no longer seen, that of the Inca Dove, and Common Ground Dove, as well as the Mourning Dove.