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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 GREAT EGRET, 3 Little Egret, 4 Wheatear, 50+ Yellow Wagtail, 1s Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Oystercatcher, 48 Avocet, c.20 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 3 Snipe, 7 (3p+1m) Grey Partridge, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 3 Cetti’s Warbler (Gary Stones & Gary Haywood).

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine. 1 ICELAND GULL, 1 CASPIAN GULL, 1 (2yr) Mediterranean Gull, 23 GBb Gull, 415 Herring Gull, 24 LBb Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 ‘ch’ Snipe (David Waddington per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Firsby Res. – 1 Coot; 6 (5m) Mallard; 1p Canada Goose; 1 Pied Wagtail; 2 Jay; 6+m Blackcap; 8 Willow Warbler; 4+ Chiffchaff; 1c Reed Warbler; 2 Red-legged Partridge; 3 Pheasant; 1 Song Thrush; 1f Blackbird on 5 eggs; 1 Stock Dove; 1 Reed Bunting; 1p Yellowhammer; 1 Meadow Pipit; 2c Skylark; 4 Chaffinch; 3 Goldfinch; 2 Linnet (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 LRP, 1 Redshank, 1 RED KITE, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 22+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (John Robinson and Col Neale). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG).

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash – 3 GARGANEY, 1 Greenshank (Pete Greaves)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash – 8 Avocet, 4 LRP, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Yellow Wagtail (Neil Braund)

IPORT LAKES – 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2p Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher. 2 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 1 JACK SNIPE, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull (RJS) 2s Sedge Warbler, 40 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2s Chaffinch (Richard Scott and Chris Robinson) ATB

TICKHILL – Apey Hill – 1m WHINCHAT and 5 Yellow Wagtail (Keith Rich)

WENT VALLEY – Norton STW – 1s Cetti’s Warbler (Rich Collis) ATB


Weather: clear skies and dry throughout.  Temperatures: 0°C to -3°C to +15°C to +1?°C. Wind: 1-6mph, from SW quarter until 1900hrs; then 6-?mph, from SE quarter thereafter. Visibility: good until 0900hrs; then very good/excellent thereafter. Surface pressure: 1027hPa-1028hPa-1027hPa-102?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.



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Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 93%

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