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Tuesday 27th 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 – 1 Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, 48 Avocet, 20 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 20+ Yellow Wagtail (Nigel Smith and John Law per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Marsh Harrier, Little Egret . 9 Shelduck, 3 Goosander, 1 LRP, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 3 Snipe. 2 Jay, 4 Swift, 4 Cetti’s Warbler. Green Lane – 8spp of Warbler including Cetti’s and Garden but no sign of any Lesser Whitethroat of which in a normal spring there would be up to 3+ by now (David Waddington)

DEARNE VALLEY – Wombwell Ings/Fleets – 9 Avocet, 2 LRP, 6 Wheatear, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (David Waddington per Twitter)

DON VALLEY – Rawmarsh – Rockcliffe Road – 1p Blackbird feeding 1+ recently fledged js; 1m Chaffinch still an uncommon garden visitor here (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 3s:Reed Warbler; 1s Sedge Warbler; 10+s Whitethroat; 1 Swallow; 1 Yellow Wagtail over; 2s Reed Bunting; 1 Kestrel (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

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

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 2 GREY PLOVER (fouth and fifth different birds since 25th April, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 1m Peregrine, 1 (2cy) LITTLE GULL W, 2 CUCKOO, 10 Swallow, 1 Swift, 1p Stonechat c/food; 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (Col Neale and Bob Usher). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IDLE WASHLANDS -Hagg Lane Flash (Notts) – 4 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 4 Greenshank, 2 GREAT EGRET (Steve Furber, Chip Rhodes, Ian Cowgill, Tony Tomlinson and Lance Degnan)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 5 Dunlin, 18 Ruff, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 1 Greenshank, 1 WHIMBREL NE, 2 Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull E (Steve Furber, Ian Cowgill, Tony Tomlinson, Chip Rhodes and Lance Degnan)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 3 Greenshank (Steve Furber, Ian Cowgill, Tony Tomlinson, Chip Rhodes) ATB

IPORT LAKES AND PARSON’S CARR – Early morning – 2 ARCTIC TERN AND 1 Wheatear (Keith Rich). Mid-morning to mid-afternoon – 2p Shoveler, 4+ Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 1 sum/plum Dunlin, 3 Common Tern (2 left high N); 5 Swift, 7 House Martin, c.50 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 6s Sedge Warbler, 1s Reed Warbler, 3s Whitethroat, c.15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 6 Linnet (Chris Robinson). Late afternoon – 1 Dunlin (different bird to earlier one); 1 WHIMBREL left N @ 1715hrs, 2 HOBBY N, 1+ additional Common Tern (Jim Burton) ATB

Whimbrel at Iport Lakes this afternoon copyright Jim Burton 2021

POTTERIC CARR – 4 Shelduck, 31 Teal, 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 3 Little Egret, 8 Cormorant (6E), 1m Marsh Harrier, 4 Avocet, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 WHIMBREL NE at 0840hrs; 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull (9NE), 7 Swift, 30 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1m+1f Bearded Tit, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 15 Reed Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll (Darren Wozencroft, Mark Roberts, Dave Carroll) ATB

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 2 Egyptian Geese, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 4 Swift, 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (David Bacon)


Weather: overcast with some light rain in places during the afternoon.  Temperatures: +6°C to 7°C to +5°C to +6°C to +5°C to +10°C to +?°C. Wind: 5-15mph, wholly from the SE quarter. Visibility: excellent until 0300hrs; then very good/good thereafter. Surface pressure: 1015hPa-101/0?hPa. Fronts etc.: an arm of an occluded front wrapped around a depression moved SW over the District during the afternoon.

crown copyright, the Met office 2021

Moon phase: Full 100%

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