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"Band-tailed Pigeon"
Band-tailed Pigeon:   The Band-tailed Pigeon was named by Thomas Say, chief naturalist with Major Long's 1819 to 1820 Expedition to the Rocky Mountains. On July 9, 1819, he examined a specimen shot along a small tributary of the Platte River and gave it the name "Columba fasciata", the band-tailed pigeon. However, some researchers say Lewis and Clark, in 1805 and 1806 were the first to discover the Band-tailed Pigeon. They mention "pigeon" as far wast as Idaho, beyond the range of the eastern Passenger Pigeon.


"... Saw great numbers of the large Black grass hopper.   Some hars which were verry wild, but few Birds.   a number of ground Lizards; Some fiew Pigions ..."

-- Captain Lewis, August 26, 1805, while in Idaho.

"The large band-tail pigeon (Colomba fasciata) is very abundant near the river, found in flocks of from fifty to sixty, and perching upon the dead trees along the margin of the stream. They area feeding upon the buds of the balsam poplar; are very fat, and excellent eating. In the course of the morning, and without leaving the canoe, I killed enough to supply our people with provision for two days."

-- John Kirk Townsend, May 21, 1835, while near Fort Vancouver, IN: "Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River", published 1839.

 
Mount Tabor, Portland, Oregon ...

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Band-tailed Pigeon, Mount Tabor, Portland, Oregon. Nice sunny spring days. Left image taken May 10, 2011. Right image taken May 8, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Trout Lake, Washington ...

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Band-tailed Pigeon, Trout Lake, Washington. Image taken August 22, 2011. Sony "superzoom" HX100v.
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Closein, Band-tailed Pigeon, Trout Lake, Washington. Image taken August 22, 2011. Sony "superzoom" HX100v.


Vancouver, Washington ...

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Band-tailed Pigeons, Vancouver, Washington. Gray and overcast. Image taken May 27, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Band-tailed Pigeons, Vancouver, Washington. Gray and overcast. Image taken May 27, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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