Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-03

Common name:

Copmmon Ground-Dove

Scientific name: Columbina passerina
Date: April 26 to May 4, 2007
Time: various
Length of time observed: cumulative ~30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Location: 2556 Circle Drive, Santa Clara
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: 10 - 70 ft
Optical equipment: binoculars
Weather: various conditions
Light Conditions: various conditions
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
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.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Habitat: residential nieghborhood
Similar species and how
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.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from:  
Observer: Laurie Rasmussen  (submitted by Rick Fridell)
Observer's address: Submitted by Rick Fridell
Observer's e-mail address: (
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 03-15-08 by Rick Fridell
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: Record compiled from information sent to me by Laurie Rasmussen as a North American Birds rare bird report.