Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2008-03
|Scientific name:||Columbina passerina|
|Date:||April 26 to May 4, 2007|
|Length of time observed:||cumulative ~30 minutes|
|Location:||2556 Circle Drive, Santa Clara|
|Distance to bird:||10 - 70 ft|
|Light Conditions:||various conditions|
|Description: Size of bird:|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:|
|(Description:) Bill Type:|
Field Marks and
Thursday, April 26, 2007 approx 9:30 am, clear sunny day. - I spooked a ground
dove from my front sidewalk at approx 10 ft. as I came to the top of a set of
stairs. Chestnut colored primaries clearly visible along with a short tail. It
flew south across the street and rested in some piled tree branches in empty
lot. Through binoculars at 60-70 ft I observed a scaled pattern on it's neck and
head, more defined towards the neck. It walked around a bit, flew back over to
finish getting a drink out of the gutter, walked west up the street, and then
flew to the roof of my neighbors shed at 2587 Chapparral Circle. Total
observation time approx. 10 min.
Sat. April 28, 2007, approx 9:30 am clear sunny day - took attached pictures while perched on same shed as previous sighting. It was there approx 15 minutes, observed & photographed about 5-10 before the dove flew into the Tamarack in rear. Spotted again 5:00 pm flying low in southwest direction from rear of 2556 Circle Drive, Santa Clara towards neighbors shed to the southwest @ 2587 Chapparral Circle.
Sunday, April 29, 2007 1:30 pm clear sunny day - observed for approx 5 minutes walking in gutter & sidewalk in front of 2556 Circle drive. Disappeared in foliage to the east.
Friday May 4, 2007 2:30, clear sunny day - again on sidewalk on front of 2556 Circle drive when I pulled up in my car. Observed at about 12 ft. while it walked around a bit. White edge of tail visible as dove was walking around on sidewalk.
|Song or call & method of delivery:|
were they eliminated:
Inca Dove eliminated by lack of long tail and wing pattern
Ruddy Ground-Dove eliminated by scaling on neck, pink at base of bill, and white outer tail feathers.
this & similar species:
|Observer:||Laurie Rasmussen (submitted by Rick Fridell)|
|Observer's address:||Submitted by Rick Fridell|
|Observer's e-mail address:||(firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:|
|Date prepared:||03-15-08 by Rick Fridell|
|Additional Comments:||Record compiled from information sent to me by Laurie Rasmussen as a North American Birds rare bird report.|