March 18, 2009
Mick Jagger and the Eurasian Collared Dove
In 2006 I wrote about the Eurasian collared doves' move into southern Colorado. This past year they moved up from the Arkansas Valley into our foothills and now appear in the Project Feeder Watch bird counts.
I find their calls almost mechanical. They make me think of leather belts driving some kind of shaft that opens a steam valve: "Coooo." Steampunk birds.
But one of my favorite bloggers, Margaret Soltan, encountered them on a trip to Florida and heard in their call the last bars of Mick Jagger singing "Sympathy for the Devil" (after his shirt comes off).
Do you hear them?