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By Dan Rudy 

Rare White-winged Dove spotted in Wrangell


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A White-Winged Dove wandered beyond its usual range to pay a visit to Wrangell this month. Zeaida asiatica is more commonly found in southern climes, around the Caribbean Sea.

Local bird-watchers were pleased to see a specimen of White-winged Dove on the island this month, a species native to the Southwest United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Although it has been expanding into new habitat ranges, it is an unusual sight so far north. This is only the bird's third recorded appearance in Alaska; the first was in Skagway in 1981, and again in Wrangell in 2007.

"It is rare," Bonnie Demerjian said. "Among birders, it's pretty exciting."

Demerjian first spotted the bird in her yard on Dec. 1, and it has been making appearances at a residential deck on Eve...

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