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Turtle Dove in the garden

23rd April 2021

Stuffing my face at home during my dinner hour, when I noticed this Turtle Dove fly into the pine belt. It wasn’t long until it joined the local Collard Doves and was feeding meters away from my window

Early this afternoon, I was getting my homemade broccoli/cheese soup down my neck and into the pine belt, I caught a glimpse of my first Turtle Dove of the year while looking outside from the window. With in ten minutes, Scott Reid was also watching the dove from my window I noticed he didn’t take his shoes off when he came in. Anyways, I returned to work and two hours later it was still present but was now at very close range feeding with the local Collard Doves. Ideal and Robin also came to have a look at it and yes, he didn’t take his shoes off as well. In the blustery conditions, I had a quick look around the campsite area and of note, a Tree Pipit and my first Swift of the year both flew west. I had a total of 2 Blackcap and 7 willow Warbler including two in the garden of the latter species where there were also 3 Sand Martin that spent the afternoon hawking over the pig field. Earlier on, a Hawfinch was briefly seen at Rose Hill and although I spent some time in the area this evening, for my effort another Tree Pipit, 2 swift and a flava wagtail, west with a raspy call towards Sandy Banks.

A record shot first from the window just incase it got spooked

But it settled down and showed off pretty well. It is presumed that this is the Turtle Dove that Rik Anderson had fly straight in over the pine belt, two days ago. This is my second garden Turtle Dove after a single last year.

There are up to 10 Collard Dove also in the garden

I had my first Swift of the year including this one over the Garrison

Altogether I had 4 Blackcap today

Chaffinch enjoying the evening sun

Two days ago, 4 Black-tailed Godwit turned up at Lower Moors and I managed to catch up with them during a quick break from work

Also got my first Whitethroat in the garden

The Bee-eater, that I saw very briefly a few days ago in flight, was showing well in the Carn Friars/Normandy areas.

This European Greylag Goose flew west over me and the Bee-eater that I was observing at the time at Normandy. As the wintering Greylag Goose was identified as a Siberian, then this individual must be a new bird in. Although myself and others believed that the sibe was also a European.

On the 15th April, this flava wagtail was thought to be a Blue-headed Wagtail but when I sent the pics to other birders, who know there stuff, they couldn’t really put a name to it , except that it’s an intergrade. While Birdguides identified it as a Channel Wagtail Love flava wagtails but they’re a pain in the butt!!

Everyone seems happy that this is a female Blue-headed Wagtail. Possibly? Maybe? Probably?

The two Blue-headed ‘types’ were feeding with 4 stunning male Yellow Wagtail at Salkee where both Martin Goodey and I observed them at very close range hiding behind a wall

And look who is still hanging out in the garden I caught Scilly ‘Billy’ on the bird table as I came through the door and just got it as it wqas flying off when it saw me

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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