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  • Blog Post: Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Curlew....and Pintail!

    Spring arrivals are definitely making an appearance now, as well as a few unusual visitors passing through...so a quick update of what's been seen at Dove Stone over the last week or so, starting with today and a beautiful Stonechat male and female, perched on the fence on the other side of the watercourse...
  • Blog Post: Binn Green Birding

    Today's 30-minutes at Binn Green. Good numbers of Goldfinches on the feeders along with a few Siskin, Greenfinches and Coal, Great and Blue Tit, plenty of Chaffinches groundfeeding, 6 Blackbirds and a Dunnock . Also seen today which I haven't seen so far in these half-hours was a Mistle Thrush...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding is back

    Continuing with sightings from 30 minute birding - the idea being to take time out - even if it is just half an hour - from a day to connect a bit more with our everyday surroundings and discover what's about. Here's what I saw in 30 minutes spent at Binn Green watching the feeders yesterday...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding: day 2 at Binn Green

    Following on from yesterday's sightings up at Binn Green, it's day 2 of the 30-minute birding slot, the idea being to just see how much you can see with half an hour to spare. On and around the feeders at Binn Green this morning there were Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch, Blackbird,...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding: Binn Green

    How many different birds can you see in just half an hour ? Let's find out in a new 'mini-series' on the blog: 30-minute birding . So, kicking it off this morning in half an hour spent watching the feeders at Binn Green ( and in no particular order ) I saw Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue...
  • Blog Post: Mid December Weekend Sightings

    A quick update with recent sightings from a walk around the main trail at Dove Stone over the weekend. This Sunday was the December BTO wetland birds survey ( Webs ) so time for recording what's on the valley reservoirs at Dove Stone. On the main res. Black Headed Gulls on the sailing club pontoon...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday's Sightings: Woodcock ( and a squirrel in freefall...)

    An update with a new bird for the Dove Stone reserve 2013 bird list . Walking through the woods yesterday I flushed a Woodcock , which brings our total for this year to 71 . We have records of Woodcock prior to this, but this is our first record for the year. Woodcock are extrememly well camouflaged...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Sightings

    A few recent sightings from around the main trail. Starting up at Binn Green around the feeding area there are good numbers of Goldfinches and Greenfinches , a couple of Brambling and good numbers of Coal, Great and Blue Tit. Also look out for Wren, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker . Last week it looked...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the trail: early November

    A quick update with a few recent sightings of what's about, seen whilst walking the main Dove Stone trail. Starting at the main car park and this end of Dove Stone res there's in the region of fifty Black Headed Gulls on the res itself and on the sailing club pontoons. There's some first...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies Showing Well

    A quick update with some recent sightings at Dove Stone over the last couple of days starting up at Binn Green with regular views of Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeder and some very vocal juvenile Greenfinches . Around this area and the woods regulars to be seen include Goldfinch, Coal, Great...
  • Blog Post: What's About This Week

    What's about this week at Dove Stone so far: at the moment we're liking the activity up at Binn Green. This morning lots of Siskins with Lesser Redpolls , Brambling as well as regulars Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Coal, Blue, Long tailed and Great Tit and Black Pheasants. Jays are also around regularly...
  • 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: 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: Highlights from Dove Stone Today

    A quick update with a few highlights from today. Reed Bunting , two Kestrels including a female juvenile, a first summer Stonechat, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler as well as Mistle Thrush , Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Wren, Coal, Blue & Great Tit . Aside from the birds we have sightings of Mountain...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...