uncommon birds in our yard

For two days on April 17th and 18th, we had these Eurasian collared doves
in our yard.  I looked them up in our bird book and thought they might
be ringed turtle doves, which would be very rare.  Fortunately, a guest
with a good camera took this photo and I sent it off to a local bird
person at the Rio Grande Nature Center.

I’m really familiar with all the birds in our yard, so when I see
something different, I get pretty excited about it.  I like to think
that we’re creating a little micro-ecosystem in our small yard, so it’s
pretty satisfying to provide a haven for some different birds, even if
only for a couple of days.