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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.


BESSACARR – 1 cc Marsh Harrier over at 1050hrs (Tricia Scott) ATB

DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands – 1 SPOONBILL, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 45 Avocet, 20 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover, 2 LRP, 2 Cettis Warbler, c.25 Yellow Wagtail (Nigel Smith per Twitter) ATB

DEARNE VALLEY – Broomhill/The Fleet/Wombwell Ings – 1 WOOD SANDPIPER (KFr), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Swift, 2 WHEATEAR, 1m Peregrine, 1 Ringed Plover S, 4 LRP, Avocet (Chris Needham per Twitter) ATB

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 1 ‘b’ Bittern, 1 Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, 11 ARCTIC TERN N, 13 Shelduck, 2 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, Snipe, 4 Cetti’s Warbler (David Waddington per Twitter) ATB

DON VALLEY – Firsby Res. – 1 Coot; f+3vyj+m Mallard; 1 Grey Wagtail; 1m Sparrowhawk; 1c Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1p Mistle Thrush; 2 Red-legged Partridge; 3 (m+2f) Pheasant; 1s Song Thrush; 6 Chaffinch (2 active nests with sitting Female); 1 Bullfinch; 1 Whitethroat; 4 Willow Warbler; 3 Chiffchaff; 1c Reed Warbler; 6 Blackcap; 1 Reed Bunting (Per today’s (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Silverwood Lagoon – 5s Reed Warbler, 1s Sedge Warbler (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Sprotbrough – River Don from Prison to Newton Farm – 2s Lesser Whitethroat, 4s Whitethroat, 1s Reed Warbler, 1s Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Jim Munro) ATB

DON VALLEY – Thorpe Marsh – 1 Little Grebe, 2 Stock Dove, 2 CUCKOO, 4 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 12 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Rich collis per Ebird) ATE

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 4 Shoveler, 1 CUCKOO, 1 Water Rail, 8+ LRP, 2 JACK SNIPE, 1 Greenshank, 1m Peregrine, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 cc Marsh Harrier, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 WHEATEAR. , 4 Yellow Wagtail (Col Neale and Andy Marshall per Ebird). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG.

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash – 8 Avocet, 2 LRP, 2 Ruff, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 6 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 GREAT EGRET (Chip Rhodes) ATB

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane – 45 ARCTIC TERN NE, c.50 Swift, 1 HOBBY, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 1 ‘r’ GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (Justin Carr, Ken Roberts and Paul Coombes) ATB

IPORT LAKES – 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 (m+f) Shoveler, 1m Marsh Harrier, 4 Avocet. 4 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 3 Common Tern, 1 ARCTIC TERN NE @ 1005hrs (RJS), 3 Swift NE, c.60 Sand Martin NE, 1 House Martin NE, c.40 Swallow NE, 1s Whitethroat, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL, 25+ Yellow Wagtail, 1m Yellowhammer (Richard Scott, Glenn Walsh, Chris Robinson). Additionally, one of the pair of nesting Mute Swan was ringed (Left below knee RW(737Y) right below knee M) at Thrybergh CP. (SK4795) on 2nd September 2017 (Ken Pearson)

POTTERIC CARR – 4 Shelduck, 35 Teal, 2 (1 ‘b’) Bittern, 1 Peregrine over @ 1400hrs; 1 Water Rail, 2 Avocet, 2a+1vyj Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Tern, 2 Bearded Tit, 300+ Sand Martin – 300+ hirundines at Huxter Well Marsh until 3pm. Mainly Sand Martins but also a few House Martins and Swallows; 1s Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail (Richard Scott, Mick Bellas, Lynda Christou). For further detail see today’s YWT-POTTERIC CARR-WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS. ATB

SKELBROOKE/HAMPOLE TIP AREA – 3 Little Grebe, 1 Little Owl, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Jonny Holliday) ATB

WENT VALLEY – Askern – Campsall Church Field – 1s Lesser Whitethroat, multiple s Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler. 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard (David Franklin) ATB

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 1 (sum/plum) SPOTTED REDSHANK (Clive Featherstone) ATB


Weather: clear skies and clear skies with scattered cloud until 0300hrs; then mainly cloudy but bright, very occasionally overcast until early afternoon; then mainly clear skies with scattered cloud, very occasionally overcast until early evening; then clear skies thereafter.  Temperatures: +3°C to +2°C to +9°C to +8°C to +9°C to +7°C to +10°C to +3°C. Wind: 1-11mph, wholly from the NW quarter until noon; then 14-3mph, wholly from the N/NNE 2100hrs; then 5-3mph wholly from the NW quarter thereafter. Visibility: very good/excellent throughout. Surface pressure: 1011hPa-1010hPa-1015hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

Crown copyright, the Met Office 2021

Moon phase: Waning gibbous 92%

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