Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Common Ground-Dove next to gift shop
This little beauty was found near the gift shop by Hank Veldman around 11:30 this morning.  It eventually settled in nicely around the lawn and feeders adjacent to the gift shop for the latter half of the afternoon and was still there as of 5 p.m. or so.  As is typical with this species he stays on (or very close to) the ground at all times and flies it short bursts, heading for cover when he gets spooked.  They typically feed in short grass and/or sandy soils which makes the area around the gift shop and the banding trail ideal conditions for this species, at least as ideal as a bird which is normally found no closer than southern Alabama could find in the UP.


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