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Thanks for the report Chris.  The last time I viewed a White-winged Dove
was that very same church parking lot.  We had the White-winged, ECD, and
Mourning Doves along one side of the road on the wires.  Charley

On Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM, Chris Barrigar <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

>  Greetings!
>
> Please excuse the multiple recent posts, but I know some people that may
> want to know about the White-winged Doves' status in East Prairie, MO.
>
> Today after finishing riding bicycles in East Prairie's "Tour de Corn"
> cycling event the wife and I stopped in at Prairie Queen. Not only was this
> for Ice cream and lunch for having completed the 30 mile route, but is also
> a strategic spot for the possibility of observing the White-winged Doves.
> While waiting for our food, we met and talked with other cyclists from
> Jefferson City (one also who has a Life List). We spoke about the
> White-winged Dove possibility, but I wasn't hearing or seeing the bird.
>
> A little history here: At least 5 years ago (and before), there were three
> (3) birds present. I think two years ago, one was harvested during Dove
> hunting season, then only one bird was observed that following winter. The
> past year and a half, I have on 4 attempts tried to relocate these resident
> birds . . . without success.
>
> Until today. After finishing our meal, we climbed (I reluctantly) into the
> truck and began driving away from the Prairie Queen when I see a large-ish
> type dove land on the power line before my truck. With too much traffic to
> stop or pull over (no shoulder), I had to go down, turn around and come
> back (my wife held hostage to this birder's whim of confirming I.D.). The
> bird was still there. BINGO! White-winged Dove indeed. My heart was
> skipping beats as I pulled into what used to be the Jehovah's Witness
> church parking lot and was able to digiscope the bird on the utility wire.
> I experience a certain elation while observing this species! Not sure if
> it's the red iris contrasting with the sky-blue eye-shadow, the black patch
> of "war paint" on its cheek, the elegant white stripe that accentuates its
> sleek form, its pink stockings, or its soft crooning "Who cooks for you?"
> call!
>
> It was calling while I was digiscoping it. A second WW Dove was answering
> its call from the back yard of the house adjacent to the Prairie Queen.
> With this being adjacent to Hwy. 80 (an artery to East Prairie), the
> traffic and road noise was at a fairly high level and I thought I heard a
> third WW Dove calling over the second concealed WW dove in the back yard,
> though couldn't be certain.
>
> A somewhat backlit (yet diagnostic) image can be viewed here:
> http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2224031740086129715EtWyXC
>
> Those interested in location:
> Heading South on I-55; Exit the East Prairie (HWY 80) Exit; drive East on
> Hwy 80. As you enter East Prairie and the speed limit drops from 55 mph to
> 35 mph, look to the right watching for Prairie Queen (small white building
> a little set back from the road). There is a fairly large cemetery on the
> left across the road. This is the area where the birds can/may be observed.
> Watch power lines and exposed branches in adjacent yards.
>
> Now for the meat and taters:
> Along the 30 mile route while encountering two flat tires, I was able to
> observe 52 live species of birds and one road kill Barn Owl. <sad> The
> birds were calling in good number and voice the whole morning. I was
> pleasantly surprised (not expecting to hear) a Lark Sparrow, until I
> realized, looking around, the spot we were riding through was decent
> habitat for Lark Sparrows; duh! Several Blue Grosbeaks. A Mississippi Kite
> was observed over East Prairie (thanks to Dennis Wheeler, who was
> volunteering in a SAG vehicle, for the tip).
>
> Time to recover . . . liquids and keep 'em coming!
>
> Good Birding!!!
>
> Chris Barrigar
>
> Stoddard Co.
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