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  • Blog Post: Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Curlew....and Pintail!

    Spring arrivals are definitely making an appearance now, as well as a few unusual visitors passing through...so a quick update of what's been seen at Dove Stone over the last week or so, starting with today and a beautiful Stonechat male and female, perched on the fence on the other side of the watercourse...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone latest

    Today’s post is the last blog post from me as this is my last day working with the RSPB at Dove Stone as the reserve’s Community Engagement worker. What does this mean for the blog ? Well, Dove Stone’s two wardens, site manager and visitor services manager will be posting all manner...
  • Blog Post: Whooper Swans on Sunday and a Weasel

    Time for an update from the weekend and this morning. On Saturday morning we had a ringing demo at Binn Green. Thirty birds were ringed, amongst them were Chaffinches, a Treecreeper, Coal Tits, Siskins, Great Tit, Blue Tits ( largely first winter birds ), Goldfinch and Blackbird. Recent sightings...
  • Blog Post: Friday's Binn Green-birding

    A couple of photos from Binn Green showing yesterday's Treecreeper and a nice shot of a very handsome male Blackbird . cheers to Ken for these photos - good detail of the Treecreeper's long hind claw, this being one of the diagnostic differences between the Eurasian Treecreeper and the Short...
  • Blog Post: Binn Green bird-of-the-day: Treecreeper

    A quick update on today's sightings from Binn Green. On the feeders there's been Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinches , a few Siskins , good numbers of Goldfinches plus Coal, Great and Blue Tits . Feeding around the ground there's been Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Robin, Blackbird and Dunnock ...
  • Blog Post: Cronking Ravens and more from Binn Green

    Todays 30-minute sightings from Binn Green , courtesy of Mandy, our Peregrine-watch-person. Half an hour well spent, starting with Siskin, Goldfinch and Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Robin , male and female Blackbirds, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Jay, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch on the peanut...
  • Blog Post: Binn Green Birding

    Today's 30-minutes at Binn Green. Good numbers of Goldfinches on the feeders along with a few Siskin, Greenfinches and Coal, Great and Blue Tit, plenty of Chaffinches groundfeeding, 6 Blackbirds and a Dunnock . Also seen today which I haven't seen so far in these half-hours was a Mistle Thrush...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding is back

    Continuing with sightings from 30 minute birding - the idea being to take time out - even if it is just half an hour - from a day to connect a bit more with our everyday surroundings and discover what's about. Here's what I saw in 30 minutes spent at Binn Green watching the feeders yesterday...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute Birding at Binn Green continues

    Day 3 of the 30-minute birding slot. This morning has given us Coal Tit, Blue TIt, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Pheasant and Great Spotted Woodpecker on and around the feeders, all of which have been present over the last couple of days. No signs of Brambling though. Aside...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding: day 2 at Binn Green

    Following on from yesterday's sightings up at Binn Green, it's day 2 of the 30-minute birding slot, the idea being to just see how much you can see with half an hour to spare. On and around the feeders at Binn Green this morning there were Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch, Blackbird,...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding: Binn Green

    How many different birds can you see in just half an hour ? Let's find out in a new 'mini-series' on the blog: 30-minute birding . So, kicking it off this morning in half an hour spent watching the feeders at Binn Green ( and in no particular order ) I saw Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue...
  • Blog Post: Mid December Weekend Sightings

    A quick update with recent sightings from a walk around the main trail at Dove Stone over the weekend. This Sunday was the December BTO wetland birds survey ( Webs ) so time for recording what's on the valley reservoirs at Dove Stone. On the main res. Black Headed Gulls on the sailing club pontoon...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday's Sightings: Woodcock ( and a squirrel in freefall...)

    An update with a new bird for the Dove Stone reserve 2013 bird list . Walking through the woods yesterday I flushed a Woodcock , which brings our total for this year to 71 . We have records of Woodcock prior to this, but this is our first record for the year. Woodcock are extrememly well camouflaged...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Sightings

    A few recent sightings from around the main trail. Starting up at Binn Green around the feeding area there are good numbers of Goldfinches and Greenfinches , a couple of Brambling and good numbers of Coal, Great and Blue Tit. Also look out for Wren, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker . Last week it looked...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Sightings

    Some recent sightings from Dove Stone yesterday. Starting up at Binn Green on the feeders plenty of Blue, Great and Coal Tits as well as Chaffinches ground feeding. Also a Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeders. Dropping down to Yeoman Hey, look out for Goldcrest in the plantations...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the trail: early November

    A quick update with a few recent sightings of what's about, seen whilst walking the main Dove Stone trail. Starting at the main car park and this end of Dove Stone res there's in the region of fifty Black Headed Gulls on the res itself and on the sailing club pontoons. There's some first...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Highlights: Redshank & Redwing

    A quick Dove Stone update - it's been a while. So, recent sightings of Redwings and, more unusually for Dove Stone with only a previous few records, Redshank - the latter seen on the shore where Dove Stone res meets Chew Brook. Redshank So, Redwings . Last weekend there were two flocks of...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies Showing Well

    A quick update with some recent sightings at Dove Stone over the last couple of days starting up at Binn Green with regular views of Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeder and some very vocal juvenile Greenfinches . Around this area and the woods regulars to be seen include Goldfinch, Coal, Great...
  • Blog Post: Art Walks and Bog-Bodging

    We've just had one of our woodland art walks ( courtesy of the good folk at the local Woodend Artists collective ) where we follow a trail through Dove Stone's woods, collecting a small number of leaves from a number of trees such as Sycamore, Alder, Birch, Rowan & Oak ( as an aside, apparently...
  • Blog Post: What's About at Dove Stone This Week

    If you're thinking coming to Dove Stone anytime soon here's what's been seen recently. Wheatears have now returned - have a look for them around hillsides up from Chew Brook onwards. In the same area look out for Stonechat and Reed Buntings . Along the way there's lots of Willow Warblers...
  • Blog Post: Latest Arrivals: Willow Warbler and Swallow

    Sightings of Willow Warbler and Swallow at Dove Stone today, bringing our Dove Stone Birdlist for 2013 up to 58 . Last year's Swallow's arrived a full week earlier, on April 12th. Up at Binn Green today I saw a female Brambling , quite late really. Last year we had a record of Brambling at the...
  • Blog Post: Swifts and other sightings

    It's been a while since I last blogged, with news of Common Redstart at Dove Stone, being the last update to the Dove Stone reserve 2013 Bird List . Saturday saw my first sighting of Swfits at Dove Stone for this year with one flying over Dove Stone reservoir, and on Sunday there were several flying...
  • Blog Post: Today at Dove Stone: Tuesday October 9th

    A quick update with some recent sightings at Dove Stone. This morning in the field above Dove Stone reservoir 'plughole' ( it's actually a bell jar overflow but plughole's a much better name ! ) good views of a Kestrel hunting. In the trees bordering this field there were also two...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from Dove Stone Today

    A quick update with a few highlights from today. Reed Bunting , two Kestrels including a female juvenile, a first summer Stonechat, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler as well as Mistle Thrush , Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Wren, Coal, Blue & Great Tit . Aside from the birds we have sightings of Mountain...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Update:Goosander and Curlew

    Time for a Dove Stone update. Just to recap on how the Dove Stone 2013 birdlist is going, Oystercatcher was our last addition to our list posted on the blog at the beginning of March, which have continued to stay around on the main Dove Stone res. Black Headed Gulls are in good numbers too and there...