Larry Arnold first located a White-winged Dove in August 2015 (I observed it on 8-9-15) at this location. It was observed by many local birds including: Jay Carlisle, Jason Talbot and Denise Hughes. Larry's current sighting was in mid April at the same location and I observed the bird on 4-27-16. I am submitting this report on his request.
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Observed in Boise, ID at the Warm Springs Golf Course
2495 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83712
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
The golf course consists of deciduous, pine, well maintained grass area and mixed shrubs
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
I watched the bird for about 10 minutes. It was a warm, calm, dry day with slight cloud cover. The bird flew from a near-by large pine tree on the golf course and landed on the power line right next to the club house. It immediately began to vocalize which sounded as described as "who-cooks-for-you?". The birds was around 50 yards away so I moved closer and got the sun behind me for viewing at around 20ft away. I used my Nikon Monarch 8x42 binoculars and took pics with my Nikon P900 camera.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, another day after the observation
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
The first time I saw the bird in 2015 I consulted a field guide sooner but I knew for sure what the bird was so I didn't look right away. I used my Sibley and iBird Pro apps.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)
I got excellent looks at all parts of the dove. It was gray and brown on the body with broad white stripes on the winges. It had a black crescent shape below the eye which was red with a blue orbital ring. The tail was short with white edges. Legs looked pinky, red in color.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Flight was fast and direct and it began to vocalize (who cooks for you) as soon as it came to the wire. There were a few Eurasian Collard Doves nearby but they did not interact. Eurasian Collard-Dove was larger with a black partial ring on back of neck and lacked blue orbital ring, black crescent below eye and white on wings.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
As soon as it began to vocalize I was pretty sure based on my previous experience with it last year but once I saw the black crescent below eye, blue orbital ring and white on wing I was 100% sure.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
As stated about the only other doves in the area were Eurasian Collard-Doves and they were lighter in color overall, larger and lacked the white on wing, black crescent below eye and blue orbital ring.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I see Mourning Doves and Eurasian Collard-Doves regularly but I have only seen a White-winged Dove on one other occasion at this same location last year and it my well be the same bird.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
This is my 4th year of birding but I would still consider myself a novice.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description and photos support the identification of White-winged dove.
Nice to get this long staying (or appearing?) bird into the database. eBird records should show the duration of its presence .
convincing report - with photo - many observers
This was without a doubt a White-winged Dove.
Decent description and diagnostic photo made this one easy.