Transcontinental mourning dove recovery

The Auk
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Abstract

A Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) banded in New York has been reported shot in California. On 25 August 1969, near Palmyra (43°00' N, 77°10' W), New York Department of Environmental Conservation personnel placed U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service band 883-97279 on the leg of a hatching-year Mourning Dove of unknown sex. During the first weekend of the dove season in September 1970, Stan Solus (P.O. Box 594, Seiad Valley, California) recovered the band from a dove he shot in the Shasta Valley, Siskiyou County, California (41°30' N, 122°20' W). As Mr. Solus included the band with his reporting letter and, in response to my asking him for verification, reaffirmed his original information, the recovery has been accepted as authentic.

I suggest this vagrancy may be explained by assuming that the inexperienced New York bird got emotionally involved with a western bird with which it shared winter quarters, perhaps in Mexico, and thus the following year ended up a flower child in California.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Transcontinental mourning dove recovery
Series title The Auk
DOI 10.2307/4083853
Volume 88
Issue 4
Year Published 1971
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 1 p.
First page 924
Last page 924