After 6 years of birding, I have finally seen the Eurasian Collared-Dove in Burlington Wisconsin. I only looked for this species once actually in Arlington last fall and came up empty. Always thinking I would just come across one, but did not. It was a life bird and a fun one at that. I heard of this pair nesting in Burlington and after seeing Becky’s ebird yesterday, thank you, I thought I would give it a try. Almost immediately after arriving about 8 am at the location, I saw the pair perched in a high tree on a dead limb. From there the pair took some short flights in the area but perched in different locations. They stuck together for the most part and at times showed signs of “love” I would say. I did see in a tree at least one Eurasian Collared-Dove sitting on a nest. I would have taken a picture of this, but a couple feet from someones apartment window I choose not to. It would have not looked like much as the setting was very low light and branched. The location of this pair is on the west side of the Fox River and north of E. State St. at an apartment building. Images were taken on June 15, 2016.
Binomial name: Streptopelia decaocto
Category: Doves and Pigeons
Size: 13” long, 22” wing span
Weight: 7 oz