|[transcript of the letter received from John E.
Houser - mgm]
John E. Houser
6840 W. 3839 So.
West Valley City, Utah
July 3, 2007
Bird Records Committee Secretary,
For the record I had a
Spotted Dove visit my bird bath for a drink on June 20, 2007, 1230 hrs
and June 21, 2007, 1930 hours. Both times it was there for a couple
minutes for a drink.
I contacted Deedee O'brian of the Great Salt Lake
Audubon and I believe she put the information on the Utah Bird Internet.
I have in the past raised and showed "Show Pigeons"
some 20 years. I have asked some of the Utah Pigeon people if they
know anyone raising doves in this area in case this dove was kept and
escaped. I saw no band on this dove.
When I first saw this dove at the bird bath I thought it was a
Eurasian Collared-Dove that have moved into this area in numbers
starting June 2006.
This bird had the dark collar of the Eurasian
but easily stood out as larger to the eye from a distance compared to the
Collar on the Eurasian that is a little harder to see.
What first caught my eye was the reddish-brown color on
the neck, breast, sides and flanks.
The bird was about size of a Mourning Dove with
a slightly smaller head compared to the Eurasian. The bird
also had an eye-line from the front of the eye to the beak. It
looked more like a wrinkle shadow than a color line. It had white
edging on both sides of the tail.
With binoculars the collar had white or lighter colored
spots ringed by black irradense lines.
The spotted collar was wider and reached farther around
the neck across the nape and farther to the throat than the black-narrow
collar of the Eurasian Dove.
I don not have the equipment to photograph or make
I have the "2004 Field Checklist of the Birds of Utah"
and note that the Spotted Dove is not listed as being in Utah.
John E. Houser
6840 W. 3830 South
West Valley City, Utah 84128