Or at least my yard has — It’s a regular D-Day out there. Stupid “tree of heaven” seedlings all over the place. If the yard guys don’t come mow my yard soon, they’ll have to use a chain saw rather than a lawn mower.
This morning, however, my invader was of the feathered variety, Streptopelia decaocto decaocto in fact, AKA the Eurasian Collared Dove. It is a species native to Asia and Europe, as the name suggests, but it now has an established presence in North America since it was introduced into the Bahamas in 1970.
It’s now found as far west as California, and as far north as Alaska. I’m not as far north as Alaska, but I am about 650 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico (the collared dove supposedly has its stronghold along the Gulf coast), and there it was, invading my porch just this morning. I’m not surprised, really. My back yard is a regular dove hangout for the native mourning doves, and very mourning dove
occasionally, an equally native Inca dove will show up. This new interloper was obviously a dove, but neither the Inca nor the mourning doves have the distinctive collar that gives the collared dove its name. Sorry, I didn’t get a picture, but the above one is from Wikipedia commons, just to show you what one looks like. They’re slimmer than the mourning doves, and rather elegant looking.