I have seen several people standing by the metal barrier next to the concrete area of Choseley Barns and wondering why they are not seeing Turtle Doves. I witnessed this early this evening and have done so many times before. Of course, you can stand by the metal barrier and also walk beyond this, along the public footpath along the outer edge of the concrete, but if you want to see Turtle Doves here and have the best views of the Yellowhammers and Corn Buntings feeding, you are best off sitting in your car to watch or at least from the opposite side of the road. This allows the birds to feed in their favoured spots and is also courteous to your fellow birders.
There were three people standing by the barrier again this evening – the favoured area to feed for the Yellowhammers etc and the Turtle Doves is the area of soil just to the left of the barrier. There is no way any of those birds are going to fly down there to feed, with people standing only a few yards away. The same thing happened on Saturday – see my post here, people were standing by the barrier and no sign of the Turtle Doves. Just after they left, the Turtle Doves returned to feed just to the left of the barrier! Good fieldcraft is a very useful tool for both you and the birds.