6-B-2017 Band-tailed Pigeon

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
7-0
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Kas Dumroese
OTHER OBSERVERS
Deb Dumroese. She saw it first.
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
At my home, 1096 Eid Road, Moscow, Latah County
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
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:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36116351
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.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
40 years of birding; above average.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
[Photos on eBird checklist]
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Description and photo support the identification of Band-tailed Pigeon.

Jay Carlisle
Accept

described well and diagnostic pics

Shirley Sturts
Accept

Well documented with photos

Darren Clark
Accept

Photo is distinctive

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I thought that the description was good, and the photos excellently verify the identification of a Band-tailed Pigeon.

Doug Ward
Accept

Good description focusing on principal keys separating from other potential species. Good, diagnostic photos.

Carl Lundblad
Accept

Diagnostic photos and good written details. Semi-regular (near annual?) in this area (but I still need one).