I was doing the washing up today and looked out of the window to see a strange brown shape at the feeders; binned it- a blinking Turtle Dove. The first one at Beddington in a couple of years and resulted in the first obs twitch with Dodge, Frank, Grant, Tank, Johnny, Nick and Gripper all paying a visit to admire this increasingly rare and stunning bird.
Good to see it enjoying the habitat that we've got going in the communal gardens- trying to encourage wild flowers and natural seed food in addition to the feeders. Greenfinches, Linnets, Goldfinches, Starlings, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon and now Turtle Dove have been recently been feeding on the wilder lawns. Good stuff.
Our Turtle Dove has been reported to: