- Aug 11, 2014
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Any but got tips on where or how to spot them now that mourning dove season is over? I want to get some dove but don't want to accidentally shoot the wrong one.
All the above is good info. The tail is more pointed and sleek on the mourning doves with the Euros having a more boxie squared off tail, generally lighter in color than mourning doves, with some almost white. The Euro is a little more bulky in body size and a touch slower in flight, not as sleek in flight as a mourning dove. I don't know much about the calling. They like to have some type of structures in their general area. A few days in the field and you should be able to ID the different types of doves. The rule I use is don't shoot if your're not sure. What's one more dove in the bag when you consider the impact on the next season's mourning dove population. Scouting and preparation is the key to successful dove hunting, as with most hunting. When you get into them have lots of ammo. Mighty Fun!!
This is actually not true. This year while hunting the opener we seen many mixed flocks of birds. We seen pigeons with euros and white wings mixed in. We would also find euros with mornings mixed in. Luckily it was open for all of those so we shot whichever we could.Good advice. No sense getting a ticket over a tiny mourning dove. Another good pointer is that doves generally don't intermingle (generally, there are exceptions). If you know one bird is a Eurasian chances are the whole flock is Eurasian, same with mourning doves- "Birds of a feather..." as they say.
This is actually not true. This year while hunting the opener we seen many mixed flocks of birds. We seen pigeons with euros and white wings mixed in. We would also find euros with mornings mixed in. Luckily it was open for all of those so we shot whichever we could.
. Also, the ones I've heard don't sound anything like other doves. More of a caww/screech than a coo.
ECDs have two distinct calls. One is the more traditional cooing sound similar to the sounds made by both mourning and white wing dove, and the other call ECDs make is a harsh almost squawking like sound. I've only ever heard them make the harsher sounding call as they are about to land near me in a tree. I'm no fan of the Audubon Society, but this link provides some very good recording of both calls made by ECDs, as well as a recording of their wing flapping sounds:That's how I heard them too.