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Wednesday 28th 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 SPOONBILL arrived 2010hrs, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 49 Avocet, 20 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Wheatear, 3 Swift, 4 House Martin, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 25+ Yellow Wagtail (Gary Stones and Nigel Smith per Twitter) 

Spoonbill at Adwick Washlands this evening copyright Gary Stones 2021

DEARNE VALLEY – Broomhill Flash – 1 (2cy) CASPIAN GULL @ 0910hrs (David Waddington per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Gypsy Marsh – 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (Heather Bennett per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 9 Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 17 Lapwing, 2 LRP, 1 Snipe, 1 (2cy) ICELAND GULL, 3 Cetti’s Warbler (David Waddington per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY – Wombwell Ings – 3 LITTLE GULL, 5 Avocet, 3 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 6 Redshank, 7 LRP, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 WHEATEAR (David Waddington and Chris Harris per Twitter)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 2 GREY PLOVER, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 2 cc Marsh Harrier, 2 ARCTIC TERN, 1 Kingfisher, 2 CUCKOO, 5 Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Col Neale and Bryan Wainwright). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash – 6 Avocet, 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 6 Greenshank (Rich Collis and Lance Degnan)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane – 15 CRANE E @ 1020hrs; 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 (2cy) + 2a Mediterranean Gull, 120 ARCTIC TERN E between 0815-1800hrs; 3 Common Tern E, 1 Peregrine N, 3 Swift, 2 House Martin (Anthony Reed, Rich Collis, Ian Cowgill, Tony Tomlinson, Lance Degnan, Dave Atkinson et al)

Cranes over Slaynes Lane today copyright Dave Atkinson 2021

IPORT LAKES – 2 Egyptian Goose – one involved in territorial defence (?) against greylags; 2 Shelduck, 9 Swift, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER NE @ 1030hrs (RJS); 3 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 4+ Common Tern, 27+ ARCTIC TERN (24 NE between 08.15 and 09.50 and one present from 10.20 to at least 10.50 and three present through the afternoon and one into the evening); 5 Swift NE, 170+ Sand Martin (a steady stream NE); 25+ Swallow NE, 1a/m Marsh Harrier N, 1 Buzzard, 3 WHITE WAGTAIL, 15+ Pied Wagtail, 50+ Yellow Wagtail several flocks arrived during afternoon/evening (Richard Scott, Chris Robinson, Jim Burton and Bob Usher)

One of the Iport Arctic Terns copyright Chris Robinson 2021
POTTERIC CARR – 4 Shelduck, 2a+2vyj Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 ARCTIC TERN (possibly one of birds from Iport), 2 Bittern, 2 Little Egret, 1 RED KITE, 1m+1f Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel (male carrying prey), 1 HOBBY, 100 Sand Martin, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1m Wheatear. BUFFER AREA – Short Lane Fields – Lesser Whitethroat and 30 Lesser Redpoll (Richard Scott, Mark Roberts, Paul Paddock, Andy Dalton, Steve Cash, visitor reports)
SOUTH ELMSALL – Moorhouse – 1 CUCKOO (Colin Bradford)
SOUTH KIRKBY – Jonny Brown’s Common – 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 3 Reed Warbler (Paul Jackson per Twitter)
SOUTH KIRKBY – Mutton Flats hillside – 6 Whitethroat, 13 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 8 Linnet, 4 Swallow N, 2 WILLOW TIT (two separate areas); 2 Lapwing, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Paul Jackson per SESKUBIRDS)
SOUTH KIRKBY – Waste Plant Lagoon – 1 Reed Warbler (Paul Jackson per SESKUBIRDS)
TORNE VALLEY – Auckley – 15 CRANE over (Stephen Abbott and Caroline Barrass per Doncaster Birdlife Facebook page)
UPTON – Bullcarr Mires – 1 Sedge Warbler (Jonny Holliday per SESKUBIRDS)
UPTON – Wrangbrook STW – lots of Swallow and a few Sand Martin, 20 Yellow Wagtail (Colin Bradford per SESKUBIRDS)
WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 1m Goosander, 1 Grey Heron with colour ring (Yellow 55), 7 ARCTIC TERN (Adrian Scutt and David Bacon)


Weather: mainly sunny with variable levels of cloud and some very light rain during the morning; brightening further in the afternoon with clear skies and scattered cloud thereafter.  Temperatures: +6°C to +11°C to +?°C. Wind: 6-19mph, wholly from the NE quarter. Visibility: good/moderate until 0600hrs; very good/excellent thereafter. Surface pressure: 1011hPa-1010hPa-101?hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2021

Moon phase: Waning gibbous 97%

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