Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The dove from above

Juvenile Turtle Dove
Juvenile Turtle Dove
In a few weeks time, I hope this fellow will be heading south through Europe to spend winter in Africa. He's a young Turtle Dove and he was ringed yesterday (by me, as it happens) as part of a project to find out what's going wrong for Turtle Doves - their population dropped by 77% between 1970-2001!

We had a productive morning, catching about 120 birds in total - not all Turtle Doves, unfortunately, but lots of Greenfinches, Blue and Great Tits, a smattering of Whitethroats, Blackbirds, Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers, Goldfinches, House Sparrows and a Wren.

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D