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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Dove Stone Update

    The run of good weather we've been having came to an end this morning with low cloud, rain and poor visibility at Dove Stone this morning. On the plus side, rain is what we need at the moment as the reservoir levels at Dove Stone are very low at the moment. We've had a busy weekend on the...
  • 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 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: 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: Binn Green

    A very brief stop-off at Binn Green feeding area last night gave views of Great Spotted Woodpecker , Jay , Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, juvenile Coal Tits, Wren , an adult Black Pheasant and some young Pheasants . Obviously that's just one small part of Dove Stone and there's plenty...
  • 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: A good spot today at Dove Stone

    A quick update with news of a Long Eared Owl seen this afternoon by one of our wardens - good stuff. Also seen today amongst the regular sightings have been Redpoll up at Binn Green, a Peregrine on the ledge at Dove Stone rocks and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker observed caching peanuts. Also an addition...
  • Blog Post: Great Spotted Woodpecker

    Bit of indecision this week between Siskin and the Great Spotted Woodpecker as the bird of the week. I think it's got to be the Great Spotted, simply because one of these guys - in this instance a young Woodpecker - has been keeping us company all week throughout the wet weather by feeding on our...
  • Blog Post: Saturday's Wildlife Walk

    A big thank you to all who came on our first wildlife discovery walk and an extra thanks to John for leading the walk and to Tia for assisting him. The walk was a great chance to tune into plenty of bird song, pick up a few tips on recognising those calls and learn a bit about the history of Dove...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...