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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 -Adick Washlands – 50 Avocet, 22 Redshank, 97 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kinģfisher, 2 Cetti’s Warbler (David Waddington per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Bolton Ings – 3 GC Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Little Egret W, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Teal, 1m Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 1m Marsh Harrier E, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing N, 1s Whitethroat, 5s Reed Warbler, 1s Sedge Warbler, 2s Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Jay, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (Rawmarsh_nature per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY -Old Moor – Darvic ringed Mediterranean Gull @RSPB_OldMoor Rung as Pullus 25/6/19 Zwarts Eiland, Ventjagersaten (Haringvliet) Netherlands. @Barnsleybsg


(Jeff Wragg per Twitter).

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 3 Avocet vociferous party 3 flew a circuit of lagoon at 09.05 then headed WSW; 2s Reed Warbler; 6s Whitethroat; 4 Greylag Goose in briefly at 08.40, immediately chased off by resident male Mute Swan (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP. – 1s Reed Warbler @ 0545hrs; 1s Blackcap; 1s Willow Warbler; 2s Chiffchaff; 1f Reed Bunting; 6 Great Crested Grebe; 12 Tufted Duck; 2 Greylag Goose; 20+ Mute Swan; 2 (1s) Whitethroat; 4 House Martin (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HAMPOLE – 1p Lapwing, several Swallow, 6/7s Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, many willow warbler, 1 Whitethroat (Steve Ely per Twitter)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shoveler, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 1 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 HOBBY, 3 Marsh Harrier, 11 (8NE) LITTLE GULL, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Swallow, 2 CUCKOO, 9 Willow Warbler, 7 Fieldfare, 1m Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1Stonechat (Col Neale and Andy Marshall) 

IDLE VALLEY – Misson – Slaynes Lane – 11 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 20 Ruff, 19 Redshank, 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 5 LITTLE GULL left E, 4 Yellow Wagtail (Ian Cowgill)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash – 23 Avocet, 3vyj Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 1m Wheatear, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 35 Pied Wagtail (Lance Degnan and Neil Braund)

IPORT LAKES – 6j+7j Greylag Geese, 2p Shelduck, 2p Shoveler, 3 Little Egret, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 1 JACK SNIPE, 2a Mediterranean Gull, 1s Sedge Warbler, c.40 Yellow Wagtail (Chris Robinson and Glenn Walsh)
POTTERIC CARR – 6j+5j+5j+4j Greylag Goose, 1p Shelduck, 2p Shoveler, 30 Teal, 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier,  5 Buzzard, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8s Reed Warbler, 1s Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush, 2p Bullfinch BUFFER AREA – Short Lane Fields – 1s Whitethroat (Sue Brook, Sue and Roger Bird). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS)


STAINTON – Breedon Quarries – 1p WHINCHAT (Keith Rich)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res./Went Ings – 2 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (David Bacon)


Weather: clear skies with occasional scattered cloud; dry throughout.  Temperatures: +3°C to -2°C to +17°C to +16°C to +17°C to +?°C. Wind: 1-2mph, mainly from NW quarter until 0500hrs; then 1mph, SE/NNE/E until 0800hrs; then 6-3mph, wholly from the SW quarter until 1600hrs; then 6-9mph wholly from SE quarter thereafter. Visibility: very good/excellent throughout. Surface pressure: 1029hPa-1030hPa-102?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.



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Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 82%

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