Turtle Dove – first and last dates

Streptopelia turturTurturPassage migrant, has bred.

More analysis of records and timing of migration in Turtle Dove 2018

YearFirst sightingLast sightingNotes
199310 May9 October
1994check report
199530 April18 October
199627 April23 Sept
19971 May22 Sept
19988 May2 August
19995 April29 Sept
200023 April6 October
200129 April5 NovemberTwo on 5 Nov, latest date for Pembrokeshire
200216 May28 Sept
200322 April13 October
200419 April16 October
200530 April7 October
200623 AprilNo autumn records
20079 June5 October
200815 MayNo autumn records
200927 April18 October
201028 April22 SeptOne winter record at Strumble Head on 31 December
201120 April27 OctoberOne winter record at Strumble Head on 1 January
201214 May4 October
201317 May6 OctoberOne wintered in various St Davids gardens from 19 Jan-14 May.
201415 MayNo autumn records
20158 MayNo autumn records
20164 MayNo autumn records
20178 May20 October
201823 May4 October
201914 May23 OctoberOne in a Camrose garden on 1 January
202013 April19 September

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Turtle Dove – 2018

Streptopelia turturTurturPassage migrant, has bred.

In Britain (and elsewhere across its range) the Turtle Dove has undergone a severe decline since the late 1970s. As a nesting species, it was last noted as probably breeding in Pembrokeshire in the BTO 1968-72 Atlas. In Wales as a whole, there were occasional breeding records until 2011, but none since then.

The species is strongly migratory through most of its range, with most birds wintering in the Sahel area south of the Sahara in Africa (HBW).  The BTO Migration Atlas 2002 indicates that birds breeding in England move SSW through France and Iberia in autumn, mainly as nocturnal migrants.  A few birds ringed on passage on the Welsh islands have been recovered in Ireland, France and Spain.

It is now recorded in Pembrokeshire only as a passage migrant, in small numbers. The majority of records come from Skokholm and Skomer.

The main period of spring passage is from mid-April to mid-June (weeks 17 to 25) with the odd bird popping up during the summer. Autumn passage is generally from mid-August to the end of September (weeks 34 to 41), though again stragglers are noted into November in some years. The data in the graph comes from Birdtrack, and is incomplete in that it does not include records sent only to the county recorder.

Winter records are rare, but one bird was seen near Strumble Head on 31 December 2010 and 1 January 2011. Another overwintered from 19 January to 14 May 2013, visiting various gardens in St Davids during that period.

Annie Haycock (BBS & WeBS local organiser)

References:

BALMER D, GILLINGS S, CAFFREY B, SWANN B, DOWNIE I, FULLER R. 2014. Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland.  HarperCollins.  UK

HBW – Handbook of the Birds of the World

LOVEGROVE R, WILLIAMS G, WILLIAMS I. 1994.  Birds in Wales. T & A. D. Poyser, London

Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

WERNHAM. C, TOMS. M, MARCHANT. J, CLARK. J, SIRIWARDENA. G, BAILLIE. S. 2002. The Migration Atlas, Movements of the birds of Britain and Ireland, T & A. D. Poyser, London

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Turtle Dove – 1994

Streptopelia turturTurturPassage migrant, has bred. Not recorded from December to March

Mathew (1894) recorded Turtle Doves breeding at Orielton, and Congreve suggested that eggs had been taken from Pembrokeshire, according to Lockley et al. (1949).

It is now a regular passage migrant in small numbers, arriving from 15 April but mostly in May. Singing birds sometimes linger through June and into July but there have been no recent breeding records.

Fewer Turtle Doves are seen in the autumn than in spring. Those that do occur are mostly in September and early October, but some have been noted up to 23 October, with a late bird feeding with Collared Doves at Stackpole on 4 November 1983. One ringed on Skokholm in April 1969 was recovered the next month in Galway, Ireland.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Turtle Dove – 1949

Streptopelia turtur turtur

Mathew knew of only one breeding record, at Orielton.  Congreve has suggested that eggs have been taken in the county, but there appear to be no recent records.  Drane’s record of breeding at Skomer in June 1899 was obviously an error for Stock-Dove.  A regular passage migrant in small numbers, including the islands.

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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Turtle Dove – 1894

Turtur communis – A summer visitor; scarce.

A few pairs nest in the south of the county. In driving about the northern districts we have occasionally noted a single Turtle Dove in May and June. We saw one at Solva, towards the end of May, 1887, and another near St. David’s, and one was shot at Stone Hall as late in the year as October 23rd, 1887.

We know of no instance of the nest having been found in the north of the county, neither did Mr. Dix, who considered the Turtle Dove only a straggler to Pembrokeshire. He states that it has been known to breed in the woods at Orielton, near Pembroke, but he believed only on one occasion. He writes: “On 20th June, 1867, I was surprised to see one fly across a small field here, which was being sown with turnips; the same morning, within a less distance than a mile, I heard two others in different plantations; three pairs were regularly heard and seen here for about ten days; I was careful they should not be disturbed, as I hoped they would remain through the summer; however, they all left, and we have had none since: their note is so peculiar it is not easy to suppose they would remain unnoticed, more particularly as they were several times mentioned to me during the time they remained.”

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Turtle Dove

Streptopelia turturTurturPassage migrant, has bred. Not recorded from December to March

Turtle Dove – 2018

Streptopelia turtur – Turtur – Passage migrant, has bred. In Britain (and elsewhere across its range) the Turtle Dove has undergone a severe decline since the late 1970s. As a nesting species, it was last noted as probably breeding in Pembrokeshire in the BTO 1968-72 Atlas. In Wales as a whole, there were occasional breeding […]

Turtle Dove – 1994

Streptopelia turtur – Turtur – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded from December to March Mathew (1894) recorded Turtle Doves breeding at Orielton, and Congreve suggested that eggs had been taken from Pembrokeshire, according to Lockley et al. (1949). It is now a regular passage migrant in small numbers, arriving from 15 April but mostly in […]

Turtle Dove – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Turtle Dove – 1894

Turtur communis – A summer visitor; scarce. A few pairs nest in the south of the county. In driving about the northern districts we have occasionally noted a single Turtle Dove in May and June. We saw one at Solva, towards the end of May, 1887, and another near St. David’s, and one was shot at Stone Hall as late […]