Band-tailed Pigeon

Dad asked me, “Did you see that bird?  It doesn’t look quite right…”

I did see the bird and I knew exactly what he meant by “not quite right”.

We have so many doves, both Mourning Doves and Eurasian Collared-Doves.  They move between gathering in the Big Tree behind the backyard to the Big Tree across the street.  The bird that wasn’t quite right was the slightly darker, very much larger gray bird that was hanging with the doves.  I don’t use a scope or binoculars, just my camera.  I take photos and identify later.

Here are a few of those photos…

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon on the back patio!
Band-tailed Pigeon on the back patio!

It’s a pigeon, right?  Turns out this particular pigeon is quite rare in Yakima county.  Gregory Avenue was a bit of a destination for a week or so as local birders came by to take a look at this odd visitor.  I was tickled to see many emails arrive titled “[eBird Alert] Yakima Rare Bird Alert <daily>“.

eBird Alert! eBird Alert!
eBird Alert! eBird Alert!

Thank you Mr. (or Ms.) Band-tailed Pigeon for visiting Gregory Avenue.  You brought a bit of excitement to an otherwise quiet, snowy January.