13-B-2017 WHITE-WINGED DOVE

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
7-0
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
one bird
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Larry Arnold
OTHER OBSERVERS
There are at least 17 eBird entries of this year’s bird (so far)
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Warm Springs Golf Course Clubhouse parking lot (Boise), moving around between perches on power poles and lines.
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Urban golf course, grass, shrubs, trees, parking lot, building structures, power poles and lines, water in nearby ditches, canals, golf course ponds, and the Boise River
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
55F, clear, calm, insignificant ambient noise
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
Yes, during the observation
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
None. This was a yard bird during our residence in Grand Junction CO.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Refer to photos by Jon Curd on his eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37209315
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Bird was first perched on a power line, responding to and counter-calling with a nearby Eurasian Collared-dove. (Last year we saw aggression toward ECDO.)
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
Bird was heard before it was seen, calling the Beatles’ “walrus’ call, koo-kooo-ka-choo” (4-syllable call similar to 3-syllable call of Eurasian Collared-dove), and bold white upper wing patches were visible both in flight and when perched.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
I know of no other dove sp in N Am with bold white upper wing patches, and WWDO’s call is distinctive to my ears.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
This species was an irregular yard bird when we lived in Colorado (but only a few of our obs were entered into eBird), where we had up to 8 birds at a time at our feeders. I have many other observations of WWDO during birding trips to CA, AZ, NM, TX, FL, Cuba, Mexico, and several Central American countries. I have encountered WWDO (one bird only) at this specific location in Boise over the last three years, on these dates:
4-Aug-15
25-Apr-16
26-Apr-16
1-May-16
23-May-16
11-Jun-16
4-Jul-16
1-Aug-16
5-Sep-16
24-May-17

I have encountered each of our 14 sp of pigeons and doves that are “regularly occurring” in the U.S. on multiple occasions for each, with these exceptions: I have not yet seen Key West Quail-dove, and I have seen Spotted Dove only once (S. Calif, April 2005).
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
20+ years, mostly Western Hemisphere
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
No [photos], but several of the eBird lists that have been entered this year include conclusive photos of this bird.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
None

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Description supports the identification of White-winged Dove.

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I'm convinced.

Carl Lundblad
Accept

Extensively documented by many birders and many photographs. Useful written details including description of distinctive song. Presumably the same individual has returned to this location for several years.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

photo on Jon John Curd's eBird checklist confirms the description in this report

Jay Carlisle
Accept

Diagnostic photos in referenced eBird report and the white wing patches and song well described

Darren Clark
Accept

Photographs in checklist are good.

Doug Ward
Accept

Given this individual bird is well known at this location, and mention of the distinctive white on the wing in this report, allows an “accept” vote.