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Saturday 24th April 2021

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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 – 4 Little Egret, 49 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Golden Plover, c.90 Lapwing + 5 broods, 4 Wheatear, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redwing, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Grey Partridge, 2 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 1 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher (Gary Stones per Twitter) ATB

DEARNE VALLEY – Broomhill Flash – 1 (2cy) ICELAND GULL (Adam Hutt)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 2 Common Tern over, 1 HOBBY over (Peter Walsh)

HAMPOLE WOOD AREA – 1 RED KITE, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Swallow, 2 x Lapwing, 20+ Linnets (Steve Ely). ATB

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 1 Egyptian Goose, 5 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Golden Plover, 8 Lapwing, 5 LRP, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 5 LITTLE GULL, 1 OSPREY (per RBA), 1 HOBBY, 4 Stonechat, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Andy Marshall per Ebird). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IDLE VALLEY – Austerfield Quarry – 1s GARDEN WARBLER (Chip Rhodes). ATB

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash (Notts) – 1 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 3 LRP, 1 Reed Warbler by river (Pete Greaves and Steve Furber). ATB

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 6 Oystercatcher, 18 Avocet, 3 Common Sandpiper, 15 Ruff, 2 LITTLE GULL left NE @ 1035hrs (IC, SF), 2a Mediterranean Gull N, 3 GREAT EGRET, 1 CUCKOO, 2 RAVEN (Steve Furber and Ian Cowgill). ATB

Adult Little Gull on Slaynes Lane this morning copyright Steve Furber 2021

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 4 Oystercatcher, 13 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Steve Furber). ATB

IPORT LAKES – Morning – 16 Mute Swan circled, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 1p Shoveler, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Avocet over, 4 Oystercatcher (1o/n), 4 (1p/cop) Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull – including leucistic 2cy; 1p Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Tern – only for 10 mins; 4 Little Egret, 3 Sedge Warbler. Evening (additions) – 2 Avocet, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern, 30 Yellow Wagtail (Richard Scott) ATE

MISSON SPRINGS – Finningley GP. (Notts) – 1 Bar-headed x Greylag Goose hybrid; 20 Mute Swan, 8 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 6 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1p Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1s Chiffchaff, 2s Blackcap, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Chris Robinson) ATB

MISSON SPRINGS – Finningley Quarry (S. Yorks) – 3 Shelduck, 2 Lapwing, 3 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2s Willow Warbler, 3s Chiffchaff, 3 (1f+2s) Blackcap (Chris Robinson) ATB

SOUTH KIRKBY – Jonny Brown’s Common – 10 Lapwing, 17 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Swallow W, 2 Buzzard, 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Gadwall (Paul Jackson and George Varley per SESKUBIRDS) ATB

STAINTON – Quarry/Pit Tip area – 7 LRP, 30 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 12 Willow Warbler, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 10 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 1 TREE PIPIT (Jon O’Malley) ATB

UPTON – 1 House Martin (Andy Dalton) ATB

WENT VALLEY – Askern/Norton Common – 1 Little Ringed Plover (briefly on a building site), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 4+s Blackcap, 4+s Chiffchaff, 1s Willow Warbler, 4s Whitethroat (David Franklin) ATB by DF.

WENT VALLEY – Beaver’s Bridge to SW Southfield Res. – 1 LBb Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Willow Warbler, 12 Sedge Warbler, 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 6 Whitethroat, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Mark Killeen)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 (sum/plum) SPOTTED REDSHANK, 1 Common Tern, 1m Wheatear, c.40r Yellow Wagtail (Clive Featherstone and David Bacon) ATB

Spotted Redshank at Southfield Res. today copyright Bob Usher 2021


Weather: mainly clear skies with some scattered cloud during the early hours only; dry throughout.  Temperatures: +4°C to +5°C to +2°C to +14°C to +?°C. Wind: 1-5mph, mainly from NW quarter very occasionally NE/NNE until 0900hrs; then 5-14mph, wholly from the NE quarter thereafter. Visibility: mainly very good, occasionally good during the early afternoon only. Surface pressure: 1029hPa-103?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2021

Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 90%

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