For the past several years there have been a couple of doves that show up in the backyard between the months of April to June. I’ve only documented them via photos since 2014. Initially I thought they were Ring-Necked Doves because they look like them. Elizabeth Young of Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions informed us that they were actually Eurasian Collared Doves. The differences are that Eurasian Collared Doves are slightly bigger and live in the wild, while the Ring-Necked Doves are a tad smaller and have been domesticated, which means that they cannot survive in the wild.
Mainly the doves just hang out in the neighbor’s huge pine tree. They sometimes perch on our fence and have been seen drinking water from one of our bird baths as well as foraging on our garden’s floor. We have suet bird feeders for the neighborhood sparrows, scrub jays, and other cuties so sometimes a few morsels fall to the ground. Once in a while one of them will fly to the front of the house and hang out on the telephone wire.
These Eurasian Collared Doves have certainly piqued my curiosity. Are these two the same pair that stay these few months? Or are they multiple pairs that show up at different times but they just seem like the same pair to me? What is their migration pattern? I’ve tried to look up Eurasian Collared Dove migration in California without much success.
Nevertheless, we enjoy their presence when they are here, bid them safe travels, and hope to see them again next year.