Ordinarily, I observe Eurasian collared-dove in a more urban environment. They seem to be attracted to man-made structures. I frequently find them on power lines and in parking lots, for instance.

This observation was unusual (in my experience anyways) because the doves were found in a grove of trees in the middle of a park.

We passed by this same location again later that day on our return trip. As we approached, we noticed a Cooper’s Hawk swoop down into the midst of these doves. The doves were too quick and scattered to the wind. The hawk came away from the encounter empty handed.

DateOct 16, 2011
Time of DayNoon
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Type of BehaviorCongregating
ObserverChris Jackson