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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, 1 SPOONBILL left E @ 0550hrs, 2 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 48 Avocet, 20 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Partridge, 30+ Yellow Wagtail, 3s Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Redwing (Nigel Smith per Twitter)




DON VALLEY – Sprotbrough Flash – 1 Green Sandpiper (Per Sprotbrough Flash Group)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors –  3 Egyptian Geese, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 1 GREY PLOVER, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 1 JACK SNIPE, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1m Peregrine, 2 cc Marsh Harrier, 2 CUCKOO, 1p Stonechat (Col Neale & John Robinson). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash (Notts) – 10 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER same as Newington Flash earlier; 4 Redshank, 1 GREAT EGRET (Steve Furber, Ian Cowgill, Chip Rhodes and Paul Coombes)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 1 CUCKOO, 24 Avocet, 15 LRP, 25 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 21 Redshank, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 4 Common Tern, 6 ARCTIC TERN E @ 0800hrs, 1 GREAT EGRET, 1 Swift (Steve Furber, Ian Cowgill and Chip Rhodes)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Avocet, 5vyj Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 8 Redshank, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, assumed same as Slaynes Lane earlier; 4 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Steve Furber, Ian Cowgill, Chip Rhodes and Neil Braund)

IPORT LAKES AND PARSON’S CARR – 1f+10vyj (one snaffled by LBb Gull), 1m Shoveler, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank, 1 Snipe (Parson’s Carr), 1 Curlew south of Low farm Loversall (ho), 1 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret, 1 Swift, 4 Swallow, 6+ House Martin, 5s Sedge Warbler, 3s Blackcap, 3s Whitethroat, 25 Yellow Wagtail, 2s Chaffinch (Jim Burton, Ken Pearson, Chris Robinson and Richard Scott)

POTTERIC CARR – 1 Green Sandpiper (Darren Wozencroft)

WENT VALLEY – Norton Common – 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Yellowhammer (Ryan McClarence)

WENT VALLEY – Askern/Norton Common/Campsall CP. – Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Reed Warblers all back in their usual haunts, plus 2 Yellow Wagtail and several Swallows (David Franklin).

WENT VALLEY – Norton Village – 1 Stock Dove,  2 Rose-ringed Parakeet, 2 Chiffchaff (Terry Burke per Ebird)


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: +4°C to 0°C to +12°C to +?°C. Wind: briefly 2mph, NE; then 3-1mph from NW quarter until 0800hrs; then 3-10mph, wholly from the SE quarter thereafter. Visibility: very good/excellent throughout. Surface pressure: 1029hPa-101?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2021

Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 99%

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