Diamond Doves in central NSW

To: alan morris <>,
Subject: Diamond Doves in central NSW
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 14:48:36 +1100 (EST)
Hi Alan and others,
We also found Diamond Doves at two separate locations (1km apart on consecutive days) north-east of Gunnedah, just west of Tamworth really. Interestingly, the first bird was following a Peaceful Dove and calling to it furtively and bowing etc, as if to be attempting some form of courtship. The second sighting was of 2 birds within a Bouganvillea thicket in the front yard of a farm cottage.
Interestingly, there was an anecdotal record of 4 birds near Kurri in the Hunter Valley from December last year. My question to Alan would be, would the irruption be likely to shift birds to sub-coastal areas?

alan morris <> wrote:
Hi Birders,

Annabel Ashworth asks whether a Diamond Dove seen 22km E of Tamworth along
the Peel River, is likely to be an escapee.

The answer is no, Diamond Doves make irregular irruptions into eastern NSW
most years, in small numbers. However in 2005/6 there have been more records
than usual and in the Tamworth District they were reported at Trinkey SF on
1/10/05 by J.Peattie and at Ravensfield HSD Tamworth on 12/10 by E. Fair
(source: Tamworth Birdwatchers Newsletter Nov 2005).
It is possible that more have been seen since October.

Alan Morris
Records Officer, Birding NSW

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