Whew! Evan’s Eurasian Collared Dove is still alive! (More Than Just A Name) It’s been absent from the yard for nearly two weeks after being a regular since summer, and we were getting worried that it had died. After all, we had a pair of them for several months, which turned into one bird in the last two months. This morning we are in the midst of a blizzard. In fact, we are spending the day holed up in the house as all church services in Willmar were canceled. It’s a good day for drinking coffee and monitoring the birds. Can you tell that it’s cold and windy outside?
To give you a sense of this bird’s size, here is a shot where I am not zoomed in. Do you see it in the middle of the picture and how its size compares to the Common Redpolls on the feeder?
Here’s a shot of the feeding frenzy that happens here daily – blizzard or not.
And add a splash of color in this whiteout, and you have a good bird-watching day! (From reading the blog, can you identify all three species in this shot?)
Answers: Male Northern Cardinal, Male Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-Colored), and two House Sparrows