Our thanks to Frank Mantlik for finding a rare White-winged Dove at Stratford Point midday yesterday, July 12. It moved around the property and surrounding neighborhood quite a bit but Frank was able to snap off this record photo.
The last time I "saw" a White-winged Dove I did not see it at all. On July 19, 2011 Coastal Center at Milford Point Director Frank Gallo found one in the driveway of the center. I heard it a couple of times as it was buried deep in tree cover, and after that morning it was not recorded again. Please note the date of that last sighting as these two July records are probably not a coincidence in that it is a good time of year to bring up the southwestern species.
Photos by Frank Mantlik