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  • 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: 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: 50 Ways To Leave Your Litter

    Here's some pictures of the litter that was collected at Dove Stone on Sunday - ten bin bags full in the space of a morning from just one part of Dove Stone. As well as two tents we picked up glass bottles, plastic bottles, beer cans, drinks cartons, straws, crisp packets, nappies, cigarette...
  • 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: 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: Goldfinches and guided walks

    Good Goldfinch action going on at Dove Stone currently. They're such stunning birds. Look out for them particularly feeding on the thistle heads at the start of the Chew Road. Elsewhere around Dove Stone there have been recent sightings of groups of Mistle thrush, juvenile Wheatear, Meadow pippit...
  • 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: Fox moths and more

    Around and about at Dove Stone recently have been sightings of Fox moth caterpillars on the path up from Chew Brook. The caterpillars have been in their early instar where they are yet to moult, which they'll do when basically they've grown too large for their skin. This could be the first...
  • Blog Post: This week at Dove Stone

    A quick update on recent sightings at Dove Stone. On one of our regular guided walks yesterday, this time up to Chew Reservoir, there were sightings of quite a few Meadow pippits, Wheatear, Sparrowhawk and House martins all seen from the Chew path. Up on the tops there were Red grouse and although we...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Cuckoo

    Great to hear the first Cuckoo of the year from Dove Stone this morning. And amazing to think of this bird's journey from its overwintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa. Cuckoos are a red listed bird in rapid decline. Take a look at this link for info on just how much this species has declined:...
  • 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: 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 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...