This first image was taken of a bird in a creosote bush in southeast Arizona in early 2012.
No more thought was given to this species until the spring of 2015, when in May a WWDO had been seen by various birders in scattered locations along the east side of the park. It seemed to wander about quite a bit, and was not easy to find. It seemed to have disappeared, or at least there were no reports of it for several weeks. However in late June I re-discovered it along Lakeshore Road close to the Visitor Centre.
Fast forward to 2016, and a WWDO showed up again along the east side of Rondeau, found by Steve Charbonneau on May 2. It moved around a bit, but was fairly easily found by the numerous birders that were visiting the park during the month of May. It deposited nesting material on a cottage owner's car, trying out both a Toyota Venza and a Lincoln from time to time. It vocalized regularly, but never did attract a mate, not surprisingly. It was around until well into July.
|nest material on a Lincoln|
|At Mel's place|
|A single bit of nesting material deposited by Whitey|
As the spring of 2018 arrived, local birders regularly checked out the east side of Rondeau wondering if the WWDO would return. On Saturday, April 7, Jim Burk and Steve Charbonneau were looking at the dove in its usual area. It has been seen by quite a few birders in the last couple of days, as it spends much of its time exhibiting the same early season behaviour roaming around the cottage lot community between the Visitor Centre and Dog Beach (beach access #11).