Date: 7/5/18 8:49 am From: David Sarkozi <david...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Eurasian collared dove population crash?
I would suggest that loss of nest sites would account for that, both Bolivar and Smith point have lost a lot of trees in Ike and Harvey. In Joe's neighborhood I'd bet older bungalows are being town down and newer mcMansions are replacing them removing many older prime nesting trees. that and fewer open areas to produce food crops also must have an impact.
On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 8:59 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> wrote:
> A couple of years ago I sort of noticed that there were not as many > collared doves around the smith point area. Did not see them crossing the > bay and places that had large numbers had fewer. Last summer there were > fewer but Harvey had something to do with it but did start checking other > spots. Numbers on Bolivar were down too as well as around the house. > > This summer actually went and censused. > > A few years ago I could see 10-15 male doves do their courtship flight > over voss and westheimer when I stopped at the red light. This year I see > none. The several pairs at the grocery store are gone except for one pair > and none have come by the feeder. > > Numbers are down maybe 90% on bolivar based on general impressions rather > than ticked off numbers. > > Had trouble finding more than single pairs at smith point Monday with none > at some points that used to have lots > > This population drop has occurred over 3 summers in places where I go and > sort of count birds every week or at least very often year round. So it is > not just a local event. > > Has anyone noted similar trends elsewhere. Similar population drops have > affected other invasive species after an initial great spurt in numbers as > predators and parasites bring the newcomer into control. > > The changes at home have not affected the mourning dove and white-winged > dove numbers; if anything they are both up. Rock pigeons numbers are up > significantly on Bolivar in the same places that I noted collared dove > population decreases. And those two species do not compete for nesting > sites but perhaps for food. > > -- > Joseph C. Kennedy > on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston > <Josephkennedy36...> >
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