It is always a relief when the turtle dove returns to Otmoor in Oxfordshire. They are becoming increasingly rare, but fortunately Otmoor is one of the places where you can almost guarantee to see one at this time of year.
You may well hear the purring as you get out of your car in the car-park. Today there was one feeding next to the bridleway.
and then it flew into the oak tree, a traditional perch.
I was able to make a short recording which you can hear here.
It was also a joy to see newly-arrived hobbies darting over the wetlands and perching on posts, and cuckoos going back and forth. The warblers continued to sing prodigiously. There was a lone grasshopper warbler beside the path to the first screen, bursts of Cetti’s every so often, and scratching sedge warblers all over the place. It’s all happening at Otmoor.