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.