Over 20 birders, including a tour group, saw the Zenaida Dove between 10
and 11am this morning.  It ended up being a well-photographed bird.

The Zenaida Dove is on Key Largo.  To get there, take US 1 to CR-905, just
past the Circle-K in Key Largo.  Turn Left on CR-905 and proceed a bit
over 2 miles to Valois Blvd.  Turn right on Valois.  The dove was most
often seen between 133 and 143 Valois.  It was also seen at the
corresponding location on Marseilles Blvd. (near the beginning of Valois,
take the dirt road left to get to Marseilles).

Larry Manfredi originally found the bird yesterday around 11 on Marseilles
(thanks Larry!), but it was not seen in the afternoon.  We checked back
after lunch and did not see the bird.  If you plan to look for it, we
would suggest getting there by 9:30am.

Note also that some of the other neighborhoods in the area have similar
habitat, and may be worth checking.

This bird does not occur in the US often enough to be illustrated in
Sibley, so be sure to consult your NGS or W. Indies guide.  The bird is
darker and bulkier than Morning Doves, but with a shorter tail.  Beware of
the immature Mourning Doves, which also have shorter tails and are
sometimes darker than adults.  The Zenaida Dove also has a white secondary
bar which is usually visible on the folded wing.

John H. Boyd III                               [log in to unmask]
Dept. of Economics                             Phone: 305-348-3287
Florida International University               Fax: 305-348-1524
Miami, FL 33199                      

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