[texbirds-freelists] Re: [texbirds] "no hope" - where are Inca Doves?

  • From: Jonathan Stanley <jonathan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 12:33:08 -0500

I live just south of DFW and I still see Incas just as infrequently as I ever 
have.  That being said, a gentleman around the corner has thrown seed on his 
sidewalk every morning for my entire life. As long as I can remember watching 
birds I can remember that his side walk was always on any given morning 
guaranteed to have a pair of Inca Dove rustling around with the Mourning Dove 
and House Sparrow for their breakfast. Where as 10 years ago  along with the 
pair of Inca Dove , Mourning Dove and House Sparrow were the only diners on 
that patch of side walk, today there are usually about four to five Mourning 
Dove, maybe a dozen White Wing Dove, standard fare of House Sparrow and a 
usually a splattering of Great Tailed and Common Grackles. The little Incas 
still hold their ground, at least on that patch of side walk.

Jonathan Stanley 
Cleburne, Texas

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On Apr 4, 2012, at 11:53 AM, Elizabeth Moon <emoon1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> We have a slowly-but-steadily expanding flock of Inca doves on our
> place, so the problem isn't statewide.   The white-wing flock has
> expanded faster; the E-collared doves have taken 5-6 years to go from
> two to four and back down to two.
> Around here, the entire flock of Incas will come down to feed on the
> ground at once; the white-wings and collared doves always leave someone
> up in a tree as top guard for predators.  So the Incas are subject to
> more predation by domestic cats.
> Elizabeth Moon
> Williamson County
> On 4/3/2012 5:43 PM, Jim Paton wrote:
>> Inca Dove has all but disappeared from my area of El Paso - residential
>> neighborhoods in the Rio Grande floodplain on the west side of town - where
>> formerly common. I have yet to see one in my yard in 2012. It has always been
>> one of my first birds of the year before this year. I jog extensively in
>> surrounding neighborhoods and the irrigation ditches I run on which always 
>> held
>> Inca Doves now have none. I was wondering if others have seen a precipitous
>> decline in their area? It may be tempting to blame E. C-Dove but I think
>> something else is at work. I say this because E C-Dove numbers have been 
>> steady
>> here for at least seven years now, long preceding the drop in Inca numbers.
>> Drought and record cold snaps in Feb. a
>> TEXBIRDS help file and Texas birding links at: 
>> http://moonmountaingroup.com/texbirds
>> nd Dec 2011 may also be factors.   Jim
>> Paton, El Paso
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