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Hampshire UK

Turtle Dove sighting in Hampshire

I’ve just been on Scout camp for the weekend and as I got back Dad and I heard a different bird call – almost like a purring sound.  We spotted the bird on the power wire going to our cottage. At first we thought it was a collared dove but then realised that it was more colourful and thought it might be a turtle dove. I played the sound on Chirp (an app on my ipod) and it was the same. We managed to get an ok sound recording and a distant photo too.

Mum and my uncle Paul also heard it yesterday but hadn’t seen it so we were all quite excited as they are pretty rare now.  So although it’s not the best quality photo,  I’m making this my image of the week.

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Author: Jackson

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

One Comment

  1. This is a brilliant sighting, Jackson – well done!

    Turtle doves are in real trouble in the UK nowadays, so it is great to find one. The ‘purring’ sound they make is lovely, isn’t it?

    Funnily enough, I just went on a family holiday to Menorca, where turtle doves are very common. So in some parts of Europe, at least, they are faring a little better than here in Britain.

    Ben

    Ben Hoare, Features Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine