Island of shrub-steppe and mature ponderosa pine in a sea of farmland.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
Observed from about 7:10 am through 7:35 am. Overcast with light rain. About 40 F. Used 8 x 42 and 10 x 42 binocs at a distance of about 50 feet. Photographed with a Sony DSC-HX200V.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, during the observation
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
Sibley Guide to Birds. Popped it open so that my wife could consult it.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Large (larger than EUCD), stocky dove. Overall pale gray. Dark eye. Yellow bill with black tip. Complete paler gray (whitish) terminal tail band seen well when bird flew from ground to perch. White collar on nape above greenish patch. Wingtips dark. Yellow feet. See photos at:
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Bird was either perched atop the feeder or foraging below the feeder.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
Immediately. The bird was perched facing the house. The uniform gray color, yellow bill with a black tip, dark eye all indicated BTPI, then it turned its head and the white horizontal crescent on the nape was evident, too.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Rock Dove/Pigeon would lack the white crescent, has pinkish feet, and generally has markings on the wings, not concolor like the bird I observed. Also lacks the broad, whitish terminal band on the tail.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I seen BTPI in Oregon and California several times, this is the third record for my yard, and fourth time I've seen this species in Latah County.