[TN-Bird] Upper East TN. Eurasian Collared- Dove

A telephone call came a few minutes ago reporting a Eurasian Collared-Dove in 
Hawkins County at Bulls Gap, TN.  This extends the Upper East Tennessee 
distribution to a county which is along the Virginia state border and just west 
of and adjacent to Sullivan, one of the tradional five counties we call 
Northeast Tennessee.
The bird was seen Sunday, 6 May 2004, by John Rucker a naturalist known to me.  
John says the bird was in a dead snag adjacent to his property which is located 
at 121 Church Street in Bulls Gap.  He was familiar with the species from 
having learned it in 2002 at McClellanville, SC just north of Charleston.  But 
yesterday he used a pair of 8x binoculars and double checked against his 
Sibley's bird book to make sure he had everything covered.  The location is 
along the Norfolk Southern Railway trackage.

John said he heard the bird calling and recognized the sound and quickly 
checked it with his binoculars.  He was able to get a long and good look at all 
of the markings including the shape of the tail and the black collar marking.

Rucker is author of "A Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year" which covers North 
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee natural history and published by Fulcrum 
Press of Colorado in 1996.

On 7 January 2001, David Trently reported a single Eurasian Collared-Dove in 
Jefferson Co.  The species was previously known in Knox County.

From Knox County (west to northeast) you have Knox, Jefferson, Hamblen and 
Hawkins counties.  There is no record for this species in Hamblen County.

On 4 August 2002, Dean Edwards located and photographed a Eurasian
Collared-Dove in Jefferson Co.  During early May of this year he reported a 
single bird at one of two known locations --one in Jefferson Co and one in Knox 
Co.

The Eurasian Collared-Dove was first accepted as a Tennessee record species 
from Hamilton County, October-November 1994.  The species has rapidly spready 
across Tennessee during the past 10 years and more so in the last few.

Let's go birding.....

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN






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