Sunday, September 30, 2012
White-winged Dove in Claremont!
White-winged Dove, Zenaida asiatica
Dude, you should be in southern Mexico by now, not suburban L.A.
Wow, all I did was take the Basset Hound out for her morning walk. Well, okay, it is fall migration, and I did take binoculars with me. Here's the thing, though: I was already done checking all of the trees in my neighboorhood park for small passerine migrants hiding up, inside the trees, and there wasn't much there.
Then, when I was walking the dog home I noticed this weird pigeon with a long, hooked bill, and said "What the hell is that?"
When I got the bird through my binos, I just about peed in my pants.
Then, to kick it up a notch, the bird left the park, flew south, and landed on the roof of my house! Of all the houses in the neighborhood, it landed on mine. Unbuhleevable.
The nearest White-winged Dove breeding population is at the Salton Sea.