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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 – 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Pochard, 41 Avocet, c.20 Redshank, 3 LRP, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Wheatear, c.25 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Swift (Nigel Smith per Twitter). HATB

DEARNE VALLEY – Old Moor – 1 Pochard, 1 Redshank, 1 Reed Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch (Mike Saul per Ebird)

DON VALLEY – Barnby Dun to Kirk Bramwith10 Blackcap, c.150 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Greenfinch, 2 TREE SPARROW (Paul and Liz Jackson). ATB

DON VALLEY – Parkgate – 2 House Martin circling high over ‘traditional’ colony site (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEY – Parkgate – ‘Banana’ plantation – 1s Willow Warbler; 1s Blackcap; 1s Greenfinch; 33 Swallow N in parties 6, 0640-0900hrs; 1s Chiffchaff; 1a Lesser Black-backed Gull NE then E; 8 (2N;6NE) Herring Gull; 1 Sparrowhawk NE; 1s Whitethroat; 1p Mallard NE; 7 Linnet over; 1s Goldcrest (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYRawmarsh Cemetery – 1s Blackcap; 1 Song Thrush (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

DON VALLEYRawmarsh – Stubbin incline – 1s Chaffinch; 1s Song Thrush; 1s Chiffchaff (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HAMPOLE FIELD LANE – Bushes where road splits off to Hooton Pagnall – 1m REDSTART (Nick Bristow) ATB

HARWORTH PIT TIP – 22 species – 1 Canada Goose o/n; 3m+1f Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 2p (1s) Grey Partridge, 3 Buzzard, 4 Coot, 6 Lapwing agg/b; 1 LRP, 3 JACK SNIPE, 1p (1s) Redshank, 15+ Skylark, 1s Willow Warbler, 1s Chiffchaff, 1s Blackcap, 1 Fieldfare, 1m Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 8 (2s) Meadow Pipit, 2s Chaffinch, 6+ Linnet (Chris Robinson). ATB

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS – Hatfield Moors – 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 Shoveler, 1 CUCKOO, c.50 Swift, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 LRP, 1c DOTTEREL N @ 0745hrs; 4 WHIMBREL, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 ARCTIC TERN N, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 HOBBY, 1 Jay, 42 Sand Martin, 96 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 Stonechat, 26 Yellow Wagtail, 3 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Andy Marshall, Col Neale and John Robinson). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG) ATE

IDLE WASHLANDS – Hagg Lane Flash (Notts) – 1 WOOD SANDPIPER (am only), 5 Greenshank (Lance Degnan). ATB

IDLE WASHLANDS – Misson – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 2 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1a Mediterranean Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 HOBBY (Lance Degnan). ATB

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 8 Avocet, 6 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 WHIMBREL (Tony Tomlinson). ATB

POTTERIC CARR – 4 Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 2 ‘b’ Bittern, 4 Little Egret, 2 RED KITE NE at 12:00; 2 (m+f) Marsh Harrier, 1m Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 2 HOBBY, 1 Water Rail, 2 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 WOODCOCK, 2 Common Tern, 1s Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Swift, 3 (1m+2c) Bearded Tit, 1s Skylark, 11 Swallow N, 2 House Martin N, 1 Coal Tit, 10s Cetti’s Warbler, 24s Chiffchaff, 16s Willow Warbler, 27s Blackcap, 1s Garden Warbler, 1s Lesser Whitethroat, 10s Whitethroat, 8s Sedge Warbler, 35s Reed Warbler, 10s Song Thrush, 3s Mistle Thrush, 2 Treecreeper, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Richard Scott, Darren Wozencroft, Sue Brook, Karl Dutton, Ian Richardson, Dave Carroll, Andy Dalton). HATB

TORNE VALLEY – Auckley Common – 1 RED KITE (Chip Rhodes) ATB

WENT VALLEY – Norton Common – 12 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 6 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 2 House sparrow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 9 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (Ryan McClarence per Ebird)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 1 ARCTIC TERN, 1 Common Tern (Simon Mitchell)

WENT VALLEY – Sykehouse – 3s Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Mitchell)


Weather: clear skies until 0400hrs; then mainly clear skies with scattered cloud until 0600hrs; then mainly overcast with light rain showers and occasional brighter spells until 1800hrs with some heavy and prolonged rain during the late afternoon/early evening; then mainly clear skies with scattered cloud until 2000hrs; then clear skies with some scattered cloud thereafter.  Temperatures: 0°C to +1°C to 0°C to +9°C to +6°C to +10°C to +4°C. Wind: 2-8mph, wholly from the NW quarter until 1000hrs; then 14-3mph, wholly from the NE quarter until 2100hrs; then 3mph wholly from NW quarter thereafter. Visibility: mainly excellent/very good, very occasionally moderate during early morning. Surface pressure: 1015hPa-1016hPa-1015hPa-1017hPa. Fronts etc.: a trough moved E across the District during the late morning/early afternoon.

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