Other observers with me included Intermountain Bird Observatory research biologists Tempe Regan and Jay Carlisle.
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
The bird was observed along W Magic Rd. just southeast of Magic Reservoir in Blaine County. The exact location is at: 43.2023, -114.3429
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
The bird was observed in cottonwood and coyote willow dominant riparian habitat along a section of the Big Wood River.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
The bird was observed for about 10 minutes. It was a mostly cloudy day with a moderate breeze and bits of sun here and there peeking through. The temperature was chilly enough for a light jacket. The bird was observed from about 20 meters away. We watched the bird with Swarovski and Nikon Monarch binoculars. The sun was not a problem in terms of hindrance to seeing the bird’s field marks.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
The bird was chunky (like a pigeon), pinkish-gray below, it had a small yellow bill with black tip, a dark eye, a medium-length square tail, and a green nape patch that was bordered with a white collar on the top edge.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Throughout the observation, the bird was relaxed and roosting in a cottonwood.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I quickly identified the bird as a Band-tailed Pigeon when I almost simultaneously saw the pigeon-shaped body, yellow bill, and green nape with white collar. The bill and nape coloration clinched the identification for me.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Similar species include Eurasian-Collared Dove and Rock Pigeon. Both were eliminated by the body coloration, yellow bill, and nape coloration.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I am very familiar with all similar-looking Idaho pigeons and doves. I familiar with this species as well because I have observed them before several times in Oregon.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
My general birding experience is very extensive. I have been well into birding for more than 10 years, especially in the Interior West.