Inca Dove 9-2-2013

Inca Dove

Inca Dove

This dove appeared in my yard this morning about 9:30. I grabbed my camera and took some pics and sent them off to some of the local birding leaders. I was certain that I had a pretty fancy bird, especially after I saw the characteristic red underwing feathers. After a few minutes I was certain that I had an Inca dove.  This is a small dove, about the size of a cockatiel.

Several of the well-known local birders including Paul Lehman have predicted that this bird would show up in Jacumba.

Finding birds like this is the reason I decided to retire in Jacumba.  So far, so good!

Inca Dove

Inca Dove

This dove is seen in the Imperial Valley and east through southern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  The range continues south into Mexico.  The bird I found is (I think) the third county record for this species.

 

Here’s a link to my Jacumba bird gallery….

http://egk.smugmug.com/Photography/Jacumba-Birds