Friday, October 3, 2008

White-winged Dove in Portland, Maine

4:38 PM: Received e-mail report of a White-winged Dove on Washington Avenue in Portland.

5:16 PM: Leave my house.
5:30 PM: Pull into the First Baptist Church at Washington and Canco.  A few birders are in the lot, but the bird is nowhere to be seen.
5:31 PM: A grungy-looking-but-unmistakable White-winged Dove hops into some bare branches right in front of us.  
5:34 PM: After a few minutes of photographs, the bird tears out of the tree and flies south, toward some pines at the Tamerlane housing complex.  I was unable to tell whether or not it landed there or kept flying.
6:00 PM: Back at home enjoying a delicious sandwich.


And while we're on the topic, there is a great little marsh on the other side of the parking lot from where this bird was discovered. I've birded there a few times (it's right behind the Portland office of the Maine DEP, where I worked this summer), but never long enough to see if it might live up to its potential. Maybe next spring.

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