Yesterday evening at about 8:00 I saw what I'm pretty sure must have been a Eurasian Collared-Dove on the east side of L. Nokomis (closest cross street E 53rd St).
I was walking the pedestrian path and a mid-sized overall light gray bird flew through the park area, alarm/flight calling, zig-zagged through the park trees, and flew off. I watched it for about 100 yards.
I knew immediately this wasn't something I see regularly in Minnesota. The size was like a pigeon but it was definitely not a rock pigeon. The flight call was more reminiscent of a shorebird. The flight was "bat out of hell" erratic sometimes, but strong like a small accipiter.
I took notes, then last night tried to triangulate all my clues: its size, shape, overall coloration, flight style, alarm call, and habitat all match up with Eurasian Collared-Dove.
I re-checked the area early this morning for about 30 minutes but couldn't relocate it.
Just a heads up if anyone lives in the area. It may be frequenting feeders with all the nearby houses.
If anyone sees it, I'd appreciate an email to corroborate my ID.
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