Sunday, May 15, 2011

Turtle Dove

This Turtle Dove was feeding in a small farmyard with Collared Doves last Saturday 14th May at Kilbaha, Loop Head.  Turtle Doves are nowadays a scarce Spring migrant to the west of Ireland.  This is only the second ever summer record of one at Loop Head. Millions are still shot each year over Mediterranean Islands, as they migrate back from Africa after the winter to breed in Europe.

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