I arrived at the car park in Sillens Lane, and as I waited for Ian to arrive I could hear at least four purring Turtle Doves almost all around me. I wandered off through the wet grass, and could see Yellowhammers and hear a Chiffchaff and Whitethroat singing.
Once Ian had arrived we walked down the main path towards the ditch. On either side in the hawthorn we could hear the Turtle Doves but couldn't see them. Eventually I found one sitting on the top of the tree, calling every so often with that lovely purring sound.
We tried to get closer using the smaller Hawthorn bushes as cover, but the dove was off and over the trees to settle behind us. As we made our way towards it but it then came back, and settled in a tall Ash tree.
Here it sat purring, the sound being produced in the throat, which can be seen to bulge as the bird calls.