Dove migration -- Cold Snap Brings New Arrivals
Last week's sudden "cold snap" must have really gotten the attention of doves living to the north of Iowa. By Thursday afternoon [Aug 16] dove numbers appeared to be showing a noticeable increase across North Central Iowa.
A friend of mine visited a willow batt he plans to hunt Opening Day. Although only a dozen to 20 doves normally exit the willow patch at daylight, there are usually doves flying back and forth around the area most of the morning. But what my friend saw this weekend was incredible. As daylight arrived, he witnessed what he estimated to be at least 250 doves exit the willows with a roar of wings. Doves were soon flying everywhere and he said that it was the most [doves] he'd seen anywhere --- ever.