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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: Peregrinations

    I t's been a while since we've written a Peregrine update. Since the four young Peregrines have fledged if you've come down to Ashway Gap you might have caught sight of both young and adult birds flying together and giving us some really spectacular aerial displays. Over the last couple...
  • 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: Crossbills

    Sunday gave us great views of a flock of over twenty Crossbills feeding on a Larch just past Ashway Gap. It's the first time that we've seen Crossbills on this side of Dove Stone; so far the best place to see Crossbills has been at Binn Green. At Ashway Gap itself there were two male Bullfinches...
  • 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: Dove Stone this week

    There’s been some spectacular mornings and evenings at Dove Stone over the last few days, particularly with the early morning light and the reflections in the reservoirs whilst the water is at its stillest. From Binn Green there have been recent sightings of Bullfinch, Brambling, Siskin,...
  • 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: Dove Stone Notes

    A Cormorant diving on Yeoman Hey reservoir. Disappearing on some dives for over a minute before resurfacing in a new spot. Yeoman Hey, the first of the four reservoirs at Dove Stone, built in 1880, is, so I’ve read, sixty five feet at its deepest. Accounts of how deep Cormorants dive seem to be...
  • Blog Post: Birds this week...and a bat

    Quick sighting update for today with a bat seen this afternoon whilst it was still quite light off Banks Lane. It's about this time of year when bats will be increasingly going into torpor with some going into hibernation this month and certainly doing so in December. We're not sure what species...
  • 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: The weekend at Dove Stone

    Watching wildlife is always an exciting experience, particularly when you seen something up close: for me this weekend at Dove Stone it was watching Treecreeper. It's a bird I've seen often but I was still blown away at how beautiful this small bird is. The colours of the feathers on its back...
  • 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: Cuckoo Update

    The first Cuckoo of the year returning to Dove Stone, probably from sub-Saharan overwintering grounds, was heard on May 4th. This will be the male giving the 'cuckoo' call. Since then we've heard regular calling from around the plantations behind Bradbury's Farm; yesterday was our first...
  • Blog Post: Birds and bugs

    The weather got the better of us today and the Peregrine watch was rained off this afternoon, which gives me sometime for a Dove Stone update. Prior to the rain arriving today we've had sightings of the Peregrines briefly plus a few of our usual suspects: Wren, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tit...
  • Blog Post: Swallows and More

    A quick post on what's about at Dove Stone. Thursday saw our first Swallows returning to Dove Stone seen flying in the field next to the main carpark and along the main reservoir bank on Friday. Willow warblers and Chiffchaff are also around the estate, arriving a couple of weeks ago. Up at Binn...
  • Blog Post: What's about at Dove Stone

    A quick update on what's about at Dove Stone. Up at the Binn Green feeding zone there's plenty of action with large groups of Siskins as well as regulars Goldfinch, Greenfinch and lots of Great, Blue, Coal and Long tailed tits. Also in the Binn Green area there have been recent sightings of Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Good Sightings at Dove Stone

    A quick update with recent sightings both this week and last. Dove Stone reservoir usually has a good amount of Black Headed Gulls , and this week there have easily been 100+ on the res at any one time. Always worth a scan for something more unusual in the mix of Black Headed Gulls though ! On...
  • Blog Post: An update for the last week of May

    Recent sightings from Dove Stone this week include three Crossbills up at Binn Green this morning as well as a Spotted Flycatcher seen up at Binn Green yesterday. Regular sightings around the Binn Green feeders of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Jays, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Treecreeper and...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Sightings: Last Week of October

    A quick update with some of this week's sightings. Starting with Binn Green, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue TIt , plenty of Chaffinches and a single Brambling. Also sightings of Jay, Mistle Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker . Over at the main car park this week we've...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Latest: Oystercatcher and Reed Buntings...

    The big draw at the moment are the number of Siskins at Binn Green on both the feeders and on the Larches, where they're feeding on the cones. And the sound of such a large number of Siskins is great to hear. So how many are there up at Bnn Green ? On the bird ringing session two weeks ago we ringed...
  • 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: 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...