Monday 7 May 2012

Black-necked Spotted Turtle Gropper

After bumping in to three wonderful Black-necked Grebes at Dereks the other day, I thought I'd spend today looking for more regular migrants.  First off I tried Tempsford for Spotted Flycatchers and soon found a male singing and zooming around looking for a suitable nest site.  Next I thought I'd try Waterloo Thorns for Turtle Dove.  After a few minutes looking at various spots unsuccessfully I'd just got back to my car pondering what to do next.  A minute later and the loud buzzing of a Gropper piped up - SFYL tick number two for the day.  After spending a few minutes trying to photograph it I looked up to see a dove heading towards me - as I raised my bins I could see it was gloriously multicoloured - Turtle Dove. Bingo!  It was obviously belting north at speed, but my heart sank as I realised they're getting harder and harder to find locally.


  1. Shocking to see SCB resorting to these tactics while I was away trying to sneak at Groppa past the committee when this bird was beautifully detailed in my message a few days ago... Clearly the Turtle is fine but a shame it couldn't have had the decency to be there when I had the groppa!

  2. Yes, but I had two Groppers - the reeling male was chasing a female around the bushes. Also got a recording of it going a weird Cetti's-like 'Chick'!