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  • Blog Post: Sightings this week from Dove Stone

    A quick update of what's around and about. Starting with Chew Brook and up to Chew Res we've recent sightings of Grey Wagtail and a juvenile Dipper . Lots of Meadow Pipits around as well as a few Wrens . Up on the moor tops we've had sightings of three Ravens and Red Grouse , including a...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone sightings January 2013

    So we're into a new year of birding. Aside from the enjoyment of watching birds seen on a regular basis at Dove Stone, a few of the birding highlights of 2012 at Dove Stone have been a Red Kite at Dove Stone rocks, sightings of Osprey through the Chew Valley, Whooper Swans on Dove Stone res, the...
  • Blog Post: Saturday Sightings

    A brief Dove Stone update. Plenty of Goldfinches and Greenfinches to be seen today as well as Coal, Great and Blue Tits - all to be seen at both of Dove Stone's feeding stations in the main car park and at the top car park, Binn Green. Also seen today were a small group of Long Tailed Tits. Recent...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Update:Common Tern and Common Sandpiper

    Latest sightings from Dove Stone. On Saturday there was a Common Tern flying over Yeoman Hey ( one of the ide features for Common Tern is a black tip on the bill; though not particularly distinct in this photo ) from the direction of Greenfield Brook towards Dove Stone reservoir. Great to see, it will...
  • Blog Post: Ring Ouzel and Redstart

    On Sunday we had our first record for this year of Common Redstart , that's a new one for the 2013 Dove Stone Birdlist , which brings our species total up to 63 for this year. There were also some very good views of the Peregrines at the weekend. No signs of Redstart this morning but I did...
  • Blog Post: What's About: Saturday

    A quick update on what's been around so far this weekend. Up at Binn Green yesterday there were Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Jay, Treecreeper, Raven, Coal Tit, Blue TIt, Great Tit, Long Tailed TIt, Wren, Mistle Thrush and a juvenile Sparrowhawk which did a good fly through the feeding area, taking...
  • Blog Post: Waxwings and other sightings

    An update on the weekend at Dove Stone. Exciting news of 60+ Waxwings , roosting in one of the plantations past Chew Brook. It's been an influx year for Waxwings and there's been quite a few reports of them in the local area ( Uppermill, Greenfield, Springhead ) but these are the first sightings...
  • Blog Post: Binn Green Birds

    Lots of activity today on the feeders at Binn Green which was incredibly noisy with some big groups of Siskin and Goldfinch. Also a good number of Greenfinch around with plenty of Coal, Blue and Great tit as well. Also at Binn Green today we've had sightings of two Treecreepers, Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Mid-June Sightings

    A quick update for this week. Starting from the main carpark still plenty of House Martins and Swallows around - particularly flying along the reservoir bank. Regulars such as Greenfinch , Goldfinch and Pied Wagtail can be seen around the feeders at the main carpark. Willow Warblers still to be heard...
  • Blog Post: Common Sandpipers and more

    A quick update with news that Common Sandpipers were heard at Dove Stone on Sunday - quite often they'll give a three-note call as they fly. They've also been seen earlier this week, with the most recent sightings being on Friday around Yeoman Hey and Greenfield reservoirs. Common Sandpipers...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone bird list update

    A quick update with what's around today. Dippers seen at both Chew Brook and on the main Dove Stone reservoir. From Binn Green good views of two Peregrines , a Raven heard cronking and then seen flying over Alderman's Brow and two Kestrel . Around the feeding station Treecreeper, Nuthatch and...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone today

    A really fine day at Dove Stone with terrific mid-afternoon light. At Binn Green we've had recent sightings of plenty of Coal, Great and Blue tits to be seen as well as Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Nuthatch are also still visiting the feeding station at Dove Stone’s...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Sunday Sightings at Dove Stone

    Good day at Dove Stone, here's what's been seen today. From Ashway Gap good sightings of both male and female Peregrines today. Also from Ashway Gap Goldcrest, Dipper, three Stonechats ( two adults and first year male ), Raven and Meadow Pipit . Around Yeoman Hay and Greenfield Res sightings...
  • Blog Post: Sat & Sun Sightings at Dove Stone

    A quick update on recent sightings at Dove Stone. Yesterday we had Grey Wagtail and juvenile Common Sandpiper seen alongside Yeoman Hey reservoir. There were also 5 Curlew flying over Yeoman Hey which was good. Over at Chew Brook there were also more sightings of Grey Wagtail and House Martin as well...
  • Blog Post: Birds this week at Dove Stone

    A quick update from Dove Stone with recent sightings. Starting up at Binn Green the feeding station has had good numbers of Siskins . As well as our regular Coal, Blue and Great Tit and Goldfinches there has been Lesser Redpoll . Also around at Binn Green look out for Great Spotted Woodpeckers as well...
  • Blog Post: Skylark, Meadow Pipits and more

    Time for an update with the latest sightings at Dove Stone. Starting up at Binn Green , on and around the feeders there's plenty to see with regular sightings of Treecreepers , Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Siskin , plenty of Blackbirds and Chaffinches, Greenfinch and Coal, Blue and Great Tit...
  • Blog Post: January Sightings at Dove Stone

    A quick update on what's out and about this month so far. This week at Binn Green we've seen Crossbills feeding on the Larch cones. Good one. In fact, the whole area around Binn Green has been absolutely buzzing so it's worth checking out. On and around the feeders at Binn Green we've...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine news and more from Dove Stone

    The brooks are really full since yesterday's snow melt and the Dove Stone is visible on the horizon once more ! A quick update of sightings this weekend. Starting with Binn Green , lots of activity on the feeders with Lesser Redpoll, Coal, Blue and Great Tit and Siskin . Also around Binn Green sightings...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone bird news from the weekend

    A quick update with what was seen around Dove Stone at the weekend. At Binn Green there was good activity at the feeding station with Coal, Blue and Great Tit and Chaffinch as well as sightings of Siskin, Greenfinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Wren and Great Spotted Woodpecker . On Sunday a Sparrowhawk flew...
  • Blog Post: What's About This Week

    What's about this week at Dove Stone so far: at the moment we're liking the activity up at Binn Green. This morning lots of Siskins with Lesser Redpolls , Brambling as well as regulars Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Coal, Blue, Long tailed and Great Tit and Black Pheasants. Jays are also around regularly...
  • 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...