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  • 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: 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 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: 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: 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: Peregrines and more

    Sunday afternoon gave us spectacular views of Dove Stone's Peregrines. At the moment it appears that the young birds aren't hunting for themselves. We were able to watch the two adult birds flying with two of the young birds in pursuit of the prey that they held in their talons. Each time one...
  • Blog Post: News from Dove Stone

    Saturday gave us fantastic aerial displays of the Peregrines with both the male and the female going into some breathtaking stoops. There was also some dramatic tumbling and fighting between Ravens and the Peregrines above the ridge along from Dove Stone rocks. Interestingly the Ravens were checking...
  • Blog Post: A chance to see Autumn arrivals...

    This Sunday we have the second of our guided bird id walks that follows on from September’s walk in which we looked at bird song and behaviour. This time round we’ll be taking a particular look at winter migrants to Dove S tone. Fieldfares have just started to arrive at Dove Stone....
  • Blog Post: About this Week

    Time for an update with some news of recent sightings around and about Dove Stone. Up at Binn Green plenty going on with regular sightings of Bullfinch, Siskin, Greenfinch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and Coal Tit as well as Crossbills earlier in the week. Recent reports of both a Hobby...
  • Blog Post: Wheatear and Chiffchaff

    A quick update with what's been around at Dove Stone today. First reports of Chiffchaff calling heard from Ashway Gap today and within minutes, the first sighting of both a male and a female Wheatear in the fields adjacent to Ashway Gap. Also new for the Dove Stone 2013 reserve list is Red Legged...
  • 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: Bird of the Day: Crossbill

    Bird of the day for sure is the female Crossbill seen at Binn Green today. Also up at Binn Green plenty of Siskin to be seen plus good numbers of regulars Chaffinch , Blue , Great and Coal T it . Also seen today at Binn Green two Great Spotted Woodpecker , Mistle Thrush and Treecreeper . Elsewhere around...
  • Blog Post: An Ambitious Peregrine...

    ...Good sighting from Mandy today at Dove Stone with two Peregrines flying well above a 40+ group of Pink Footed Geese before one of the Peregrines flying into the group and isolating a single Pink Foot before deciding that it was a bit of a non-starter by the sounds of things - bit big for a Peregrine...
  • 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: Today at Dove Stone

    Today's update of a few sightings around and about. A group of 9 Redwing flew over the main car park this afternoon. Bradbury Lane off Banks Lane has a couple of rows of mature trees which is always a good place to look out for Redwing in the tops, as are the fields next to the car park for Fieldfare...
  • 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: 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: 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...