The decline in Turtle Dove is also noted in the ringing totals, with an average of c. 40 birds ringed in the whole country since 2010 (and only 12 in 2015) compared to an average of almost 140 in the 1980s. With so few birds ringed, the re-encounter rate of a Turtle Dove is very low, but however slim, there is always a chance to provide useful data.
|Colour of location: Ringed in Britain & Ireland, Found Here; Ringed Here, Found in Britain & Ireland|
|Turtle Dove on Fair Isle about to make another epic journey North. Photo taken by Lee Gregory.|
Thanks to David Parnaby and the rest of the Fair Isle Bird observatory team for highlighting this.