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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Mourning Dove

Hebrides bird sightings - Morning Dove
1st winter Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

(American Mourning Dove, Carolina Pigeon, Carolina Turtledove, Carolina Dove, Moaning Dove, Turtle Dove, Wild Dove, Wood Dove)

Zenaida macroura


Photography © Terry Fountain
Carnach (Near end of track to Loch na Faoileige. Grid Ref: NF802637 OS maps) - South Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
1st November, 2007

"Today I got to see a Mourning Dove found by Brian Rabbits this afternoon.(Baleshare Causeway) I have attached a couple of pics for your site. There was also a Blackcap there...Forgot to say the actual location is Carnach...It has been a very very exciting day, weather aside."


Our Morning Dove photographs:

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  • Mourning Dove (plaintive cooing)
  • Zenaida macroura
  • UK: Accidental
  • UK: Only 2 UK records 1958 - 2004 BTO
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records)
  • Distribution: North & Central America, Southern Canada & offshore islands (130 million in USA)
  • Winters: Areas where January temp above -12°C
  • Habitat: Open & semi-open areas, forest, farmland, urban
  • Diet: Seeds, esp of cereals
  • Light grey & brown, muted colour. Males & females similar


The Mourning Dove was first seen by Brian Rabbitts on November 1st, 2007 about 4km (three miles) from Carinish where he previously saw one in 1999!

At time of writing (November 2007) this second bird seen by Brian is only the third record for Britain.

A Mourning Dove was trapped and ringed at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory (Isle of Man) on 31st October 1989, ( it was found dead next day).

One other occurence is recorded but not counted: on 9th February 1998 a Mourning Dove arrived at Heathrow Airport on a plane from Chicago, USA.

There was a report at the weekend 4th November, 2007 of a sighting on the island of Innish Boffin in Galway, and another report 7th November, 2007 of a possible Mourning Dove in Arisaig (Scotland)


Mourning Dove records in the Western Isles

Very rare visitor (five or less records)
Two occurences - see text above.


The chart below shows how abundant the Mourning Dove is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



The Mourning Dove Twitch

Links to the blogs (pics too) of some of the birders who came up for the Mourning Dove twitch:

Lee drove up from Southampton
Ashley came up via Newbury
Garry from West Sussex


Other local bird photographs

Sources of information for the bird sightings section

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