Seen yesterday at the feeding station next to the main car were Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Great tit, Nuthatch and Lesser redpoll. Elsewhere around Dove Stone there have been recent sightings of Oystercatcher, Common sandpiper, Reed bunting, Buzzard, Swallow, Meadow pippit, Grey wagtail and Mistle thrush.
Tuesday's misty, rainy start gave way to a really lovely sunny afternoon.
Over at Ashway Gap there was no sign of our last two young Peregrines on the nest ledge, meaning they fledged either earlier on Tuesday or possibly on Monday. A Pied Wagtail was making the most of the empty ledge. From where I was standing I could hear Curlews calling but there was no sign of the Peregrines on the crag.
I didn't have to wait long though until I heard them calling and I was able to watch what was a really exciting and at times quite beautiful aerial display in which two of the Peregrines ( possibly one of the young birds and an adult ) went into short stoops and flew around each other and at times in parallel to each other in perfect synchronicity. That's going to stay with me for quite some time.
Sad news from the Manchester Peregrines with one of the birds being found dead, killed through, we suspect, flying into a window.
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 beginning of April. Surprisingly, we've not got a record of Brambling on our reserve list yet for this year so that brings us up to 59. Also up at Binn Green today both a male and female Bullfinch, male and female Lesser Redpoll, lots of Siskins again ( it did seem to go a bit quiet on the Siskin front for a while after the big flocks of a few weeks back with presumably a lot of these birds moving off to Scotland and farther), 2 Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal, Blue and Great Tit, good number of Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Chaffinches as well as Wren, Dunnock and Mistle Thrush. You can see a lot of these birds around the main trail too, of course as well as Meadow Pipits, which are to be seen on the hillsides from all around the trail and Pied Wagtails around the res and on the dam wall. Also seen today were a male and female Wheatear as well as Long tailed Tits in the Life for a Life woods and Nuthatch on the feeders down in the main car park. Curlew also heard today coming from the east side of Dove Stone above the farm fields. We also have reports of a pair of Curlew mobbing a Buzzard at Dove Stone today. More soon...
Curlew: a top bird...