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BTO Survey of Turtle Doves 2021

With a decline of over 95% since 1995, Turtle Dove is one of the fastest declining species breeding in Britain. The reasons for this precipitous decline are complex, and includes habitat degradation both on their breeding and wintering grounds, while hunting is placing additional pressure on the species.

To get a more accurate measure on the breeding population, the RSPB and Rare Breeding Bird Panel (RBBP), along with the BTO have launched a survey running between May and August this year, needing just two visits. You can also submit any non-survey records of Turtle Dove to BirdTrack, and these are especially useful if they have breeding evidence. The easiest way to find Turtle Dove is listening for the ‘purring’ song in the mornings, and this video summarises the key identification points to look for.

If you do not use Birdtrack feel free to submit your records of Turtle Doves to me privately at Sabsgull@hotmail.co.uk and I will submit them on your behalf via the DDOS’ Birdtrack record.


DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands – 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 5 Lapwing broods, 49 Avocet, c.20 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 7 Wheatear, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 2s Sedge Warbler (new in), 3s Cettis Warbler (Nigel Smith and Gary Stones per Twitter).

DEARNE VALLEY – Broomhill Flash – 2 Common Sandpiper (David Waddington per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – The Fleet/Wombwell Ings – 4 Avocet, 1 Curlew, 8 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern N (David Waddington per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 15 Shelduck, 1 Pintail, 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 1 RED KITE W, 3 Marsh Harrier E, 1 Peregrine, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank W, 1r (2cy) ICELAND GULL, 2r (2cy) CASPIAN GULL (AAH), c.1000r Herring Gull, 56r GBb Gull, 31r LBb Gull, 2a+3cy (with white darvic) Mediterranean Gull, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (David Waddington and Adam Hutt per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Arksey Ings – 2 Shelduck (Justin Carr)

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 1s Reed Warbler; 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER; 4s Whitethroat; 1 Snipe; 3 Sand Martin (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP. – 98 Mute Swan; 8 Shelduck; 1+ Reed Warbler; 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER; 80+ Sand Martin (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 4 Oystercatcher, 3 LRP, 1 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (Col Neale). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash – 3m GARGANEY, 1 Little Egret, 2 LRP (Rich Collis and Pete Greaves))

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane – 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 1 GREAT EGRET, 7 Avocet, 6 Ringed Plover, 17 LRP, 23+ Ruff, 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 1r Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Sedge Warbler (Rich Collis, Pete Greaves, Ian Cowgill)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash – 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Avocet, 5 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Rich Collis)

IPORT LAKES – afternoon – 4 Canada Geese (2o/n), 7vyj Greylag Geese, 4 Mute Swan (1o/n), 2p Shelduck, 2p Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe (1on), 2 Red-legged Partridge, Coot (4o/n), 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 2p LRP, 2p Redshank, no sign of the Med Gulls again, 1 Sedge Warbler, c.20 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit (Chris Robinson)

POTTERIC CARR – 8 Shelduck, 28 Teal, 1m GARGANEY, 1p Pochard, 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 1m Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew over @ 0602hrs; 2 Ringed Plover over, 1 Snipe, 1p Herring Gull, 3 (1s) Stock Dove, c.20 Sand Martin, 2 WILLOW TIT, 3c BEARDED TIT, 130 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 8s Cetti’s Warbler, 18+ Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 1s Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail NW, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Greenfinch (Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Paul Paddock, Dave Carroll). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS.

HAMPOLE TIP – 1 RED KITE (David Binns)

SKELBROOKE/UPTON – Hollins Farm – 5 Wheatear and 12 Yellow Wagtail (Jonny Holliday)

SOUTH KIRKBY – Industrial Park and former Pit Tip – 2 Tufted Duck, 1 LRP, 1 LBb Gull S, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 15s Chiffchaff, 12s Willow Warbler, 5s Blackcap, 1s Whitethroat, 5 Linnet (Paul Jackson)

SOUTH KIRKBY – Jonny Brown’s Common – 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Snipe (Mark Spedding)

STAINTON – Breedon Quarries – 1f RING OUZEL SW (Keith Rich)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 1 LITTLE TERN (Adrian Scutt). No sign of Little Tern, 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1 CHANNEL WAGTAIL (David Bacon)

Channel Wagtail copyright David Bacon 2021
Channel Wagtail today Copyright David Bacon 2021


Weather: mainly overcast with occasional brighter spells and some sunshine; dry throughout.  Temperatures: +8°C to +7°C to 8°C to +6°C to +11°C to +10°C to +11°C to +?°C. Wind: 3-15mph, from NE quarter throughout. Visibility: moderate/good, occasionally very good until 0900hrs; then very good/good thereafter. Surface pressure: 1020hPa-102?hPa. Fronts etc.: a ESE/WNW weakening cold front moved S over the District during the morning.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2021

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