Late yesterday afternoon, Frank Mantlik discovered not one, but two Eurasian Collared-Doves at Sikorsky Airport in Stratford. Unfortunately, I was unable to chase the birds right away due to the fact that my eighth grade graduation was last night, but a free window this morning gave me a chance to go.
As a little background, the Eurasian Collared-Dove was introduced in the 1970s to the Bahamas and quickly spread to Florida during the latter part of that decade. Soon, this species witnessed an almost unbelievable growth of population and range expansion and now occupies pretty much half of this country. However, this bird is still quite rare in the New England States and this two-some provided only CT’s 3rd record (pending acceptance).
Jim Orrico and I waited an hour until the birds finally showed in an open lot behind the pines where they had been reportedly seen carrying nesting material into. Very interesting, something we’ll have to continue to monitor if the birds stay.