Turtle Dove at EMP 150720
Topical for our 6pm group!
We've been talking in one of our 6pm groups about the decline in turtle dove population visiting east and southern England in recent summers (down 94% since 1995). This morning in an early visit to check on some sheep, I came upon this lovely scene. The turtle dove is sitting on top of the telegraph pole, singing to his nearby female, and also eyeing up the black medick, bird's-foot trefoil and clover plants that provide the small spherical seeds that they feed on. The location is just north-west of Peterborough, at the top end of Cambridgeshire.