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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.


BARNSDALE BAR – 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1s CORN BUNTING (Paul Jackson)

DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washland – 1 SPOONBILL dropped in from West at 1952HRS, 2 Little Egret, 48 Avocet, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 20+ Redshank, 3p Grey Partridge, 40+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 WHEATEAR, 1 Kingfisher (Gary Stones per Twitter)

Spoonbill at Adwick Washlands copyright Gary Stones 2021

DEARNE VALLEY – Mexbro Sq pond to North Ings – 8 Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank on river, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2p Grey Partridge, 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellowhammer, several s Skylark, 4p Lapwing on territory (Ken Foundation per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Wombwell Ings – 47 spp – 2 Avocet, 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Egret,  2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 2 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Shelduck (Andrew Leggett per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – New Stubbin colliery/tip – 9s Willow Warbler  (1@SK4396; 8@ SK4296); 4s Chiffchaff (2@ SK4396; 2 SK4296); 1s Blackcap; 6 Herring Gull SE together; 2 (1s) Song Thrush; 2 Yellowhammer; 1 Buzzard (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Rawmarsh Cemetery – 1s Blackcap; 1s Chiffchaff; 1 Sparrowhawk; 1 Long-tailed Tit; 2m Pheasant 

DON VALLEY – Rawmarsh – Stubbin incline – 1s Lesser Whitethroat; 1s Willow Warbler; 1s Song Thrush; 4s Chiffchaff (1 @ SK4395; 3 @ SK4396); 4s Blackcap (1 @ SK4395; 3 @ SK4396) (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Sprotbrough Flash – 2 LRP (Per Sprotbrough Flash Group)

DON VALLEY – Thorne Community Woodland (Buntings Wood) – 1 Garden Warbler (Mark Killeen)

DON VALLEY – Thrybergh CP. – 30+ Mallard (First chicks brood of 12); 13 Moorhen (First brood 8); 8 Great Crested Grebe; 66 Mute Swan; 10 Blackcap; 6 Chiffchaff; 1 Reed Warbler; 1 Sedge Warbler; 4 Whitethroat; 3 Yellow Wagtail; 10 Swallow; c.30 Sand Martin; 5 House Martin; 2 SWIFT; 1m Sparrowhawk; 4 Reed Bunting (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors2 Egyptian Geese, 8 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP, 1 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 GREY PLOVER, 2 Curlew, 9 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 HOBBY, 1m Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10+ Buzzard, 1f + 2 cc Marsh Harrier, 1 RED KITE, 1 CUCKOO, 3 Swallow, 14+ Sand Martin, 2 Jay, 1p + 1m Stonechat, 6+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4+ Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 24 Yellow Wagtail, 1 CORN BUNTING (Andy Marshall per Ebird and Col Neale). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg lane Flash (Notts) – 1 Little Egret, 6 (4 from NFSY) Avocet (Rich Collis)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Idlestop (Notts) – 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1s CORN BUNTING (Steve Furber)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 1 r-h Goosander, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 GREAT EGRET, 5+ LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, c.5 Ruff, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 2 Common Tern, 2+ Reed Warbler, 1+ Whitethroat  (Ian Cowgill, Rich Collis)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 28 Avocet, 9 LRP, 2 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper,  8 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Yellow Wagtail (Neil Braund, Rich Collis and Bob Usher)

IPORT LAKES AND CARR LODGE– 6j Canada Geese, 7j+5j Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2p+1m Shoveler, 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK briefly – a new bird for the site (NM), 1 leucistic 2cy Black-headed Gull, 1 LITTLE GULL (NM), 2 LBb Gull, 2a Mediterranean Gull (RJS), 10 Stock Dove on fields, 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, c.50 Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, 2s Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, 1 WHEATEAR (NM), c.20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (Richard Scott, Neil Massey and Chris Robinson)

MISSON SPRINGS – Finningley GP. (Notts) – 1p Egyptian Geese, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Whitethroat (Bob Usher and Mark Roberts)

MISSON SPRINGS – Finningley Quarry (S. Yorks)LRP and 1 Greenshank (Bob Usher and Mark Roberts)

POTTERIC CARR – 9 Shelduck, 33 Teal, 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 10 Buzzard, 1m Kestrel c/prey; 1c Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull – flew ENE (from iPort) and circled high over Rossington Carr Fields; 32 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Tern, SWIFT, Bearded Tit, 100 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow N, 1 House Martin, 1s Treecreeper, 1 Pied Wagtail (Richard Scott). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS.

UPTON – Wrangbrook STW – c.20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (Jonny Holliday)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res./Went Ings – 2 Common Tern, 4 SWIFT, 2 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1 CHANNEL WAGTAIL reported again in field off West Bank with Yellows, 1 WATER PIPIT (David Bacon) 

WENT VALLEY – Wentbridge to Kirk Smeeton – Went Edge Road – 1 RAVEN (Dave Hemingway) 


Weather: mainly clear skies with some scattered cloud during the early hours and morning; then cloudy but bright with some sunny intervals thereafter; dry throughout.  Temperatures: +3°C to -1°C to +10°C to +9°C to +11°C to +?°C. Wind: 1-3mph, from NE quarter until 0200hrs; then 2-5mph, wholly from the NW quarter until 0800hrs; then 6-13mph, wholly from the NE quarter thereafter. Visibility: good/moderate until 0800hrs; then very good, very occasionally good thereafter. Surface pressure: 1031hPa-1032hPa-102?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2021

Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 96%

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