Date: 3/8/17 2:28 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: Large Mourning Dove Flock
The south end of E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in northern Benton County has had about 200 Mourning Doves throughout the winter.
It's difficult to count them because they flush in groups of 20 or 30 from all over the place as you walk through the areas that they're using (mainly a patch where the Adair volunteer fire department did a prescribed burn last fall, and some sunflower/soybean plantings that ODFW planted specifically to provide forage for doves and other gamebirds). Flickers are also thick in the same areas.
We recorded 568 Mourning Doves on this winter's Airlie-Albany CBC, which includes E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area. That compares with 164 Eurasian Collared Doves (more than half of which were found in and around Albany).