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In decline...

Several people have written to me recently with turtle dove sightings. But it's pretty clear there are very few left breeding in the RX area, how many years before we no longer hear their summer "purrring"? So make sure your sightings get passed on to the county bird recorder. Click here for Sussex or here for Kent. This photo is from Dorothy & Ron Nash (TQ92D) - "this turtle dove visits our garden.  Unfortunately, we had to take it through the kitchen window as it is very shy and being early evening the light was rather poor.  We throw out a mixture of small seed and wheat on the grass for the birds to eat and as we had just cut the grass, I think it was finding plenty."

An even better photo today of an adult with a juvenile, proving successful breeding. 

Reader Comments (2)

Cracking bird to get in your garden, you lucky people.
July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMali Halls
Lovely pic's of The Turtle Dove,I used to live in Magham Down,had regular visits from these beauties,now in the USA,so I keep an eye on them from afar.Great site.
July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn O'Connell

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