- Apr 08 3:23 pm
Eurasian Collared Doves have now been seen in most corners of BC. In most of the Province they are still fairly rare, but there is no doubt that numbers are increasing.
On the coast, they have been found breeding on the east coast of Vancouver island, the Sunshine Coast, and the Lower Mainland in small numbers.
In the interior, they have been nesting in the Cawston area for years, and have recently expanded into the Okanagan Valley. I found a nest near the Kamloops airport last spring.
It's well established that many of these birds are the results of accidental or intentional releases by aviculturists. Virtually all of the "hotspots" on Vancouver Island, and some of the ones on the mainland and the interior, have been traced back to releases. However, it's also apparent that the species in general is expanding on it's own, and many of the birds in BC probably did get here on their own.