Janis A.- person who found the bird
Mitsue and Hiroshi S.- other observers
Kristin A.- person to identify the bird
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
My home address (please see address in "Your Address" box)
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Backyard with a bird feeder
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
SIGHTING DURATION: about 5 min.
WEATHER: cloudy, temperature in the low-mid 40s (Fahrenheit)
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)
FAMILY: Doves and Pigeons
- Saw entire body of the bird, but the most noticeable characteristics were the bill, neck, feet, legs, and overall size of the body. Please see details down below.
- BILL: The bill was bright yellow with a black tip.
- NECK: The neck appeared to have a rust-colored tinge against a dark gray body.
- FEET& LEGS: Both feet and legs were bright yellow.
- BODY: The size of the bird appeared to be unusually large for any species regularly seen in Idaho.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
The individual was seen flushed with a few Dark-eyed Juncos. Besides this brief interaction, the bird was seen alone.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
- WHEN WAS POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION MADE: As soon as the bird was spotted.
- CLINCHED IDENTIFICATION: The bird's large size, bill & leg color, rust-colored tinge on the neck, and the overall body color.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Based on the body color & size, bill & neck markings, and leg color, I was able to determine the species.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I have seen this bird several times in Los Angeles, and have become very familiar with the identifying marks of this species.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I am a self-taught birder and have been birdwatching for 20 years (most of my life). During this time, I have volunteered at the Intermountain Bird Observatory, been a graduate student's research assistant with Boise State University's Raptor Biology Program, and have helped with Christmas Bird Counts. A few years ago, I worked as a temporary technician for Fish and Game and counted Greater Sage-Grouse. Throughout my experiences, I have come to know Jay Carlisle, Heidi Ware, and RL Rowland and will ask them questions regarding bird behavior. As for my level of expertise, I would rate myself as advanced.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description and photos support identification of Band-tailed Pigeon.
Bill and feet description are diagnostic
I believe this was a juvenile Band-tailed Pigeon.
The description and photos are good.
well described and diagnostic pics
Good description of primary features of this species, though would have liked a better comparative species discussion. Diagnostic photos also allow for an “accept” vote.