A visit from a rare bird indeed

Ring-necked dove an unusual visitor to Cranbrook, this far north.

  • Nov. 14, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Far-ranging ways of the ring-necked turtle dove — it’s unusual to see the species this far north.

Kareen  Peters of Cranbrook took this picture of a most unusual visitor on the weekend.

The Peters provide year-round food in their feeders to all sorts of birds.  “Despite being within City limits, now as the winter approaches, we have daily visits from Blue Jays, Stellars Jays, flickers, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, two types of chickadees, nuthatches, finches, grosbeaks and in the winter occasionally a ruffed grouse or two in our ornamental apple tree,” Kareen said.

“This past Saturday, Nov. 10, we had a most usual visitor sitting in our apricot tree, and eventually in our feeders.  It was a ring-necked turtle dove.

“According to our many bird books it is only supposed to be native to areas of California and Florida, but having been on the website we noticed there have been other occasional sightings in the southern regions of the 49th parallel.”

Kareen added that the bird they had does not appear to have been a Eurasian turtle dove, as that species is larger and darker.

The Peters haven’t seen the bird in the past few days but are keeping a more interested eye out just in case it returns.

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