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RE: Dove Stone RSPB (including Binn Green and environs)


Lots of Red Grouse on the way to Chew Reservior today.

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Sun 31st Dec 17 (10:40 - 12:40)

No access to Binn Green or across the reservoirs at one point, so basically just walked along the paths on the west side of the reservoirs. Despite the dry, if sometime windy conditions, there was not much around, at all. Water levels on the reservoirs and in the overflow channels was high and there was a torrent of water coming down the hillsides at the usual points.

- 1 Common Gull on rafts on Dovestone Res
- 100+ Black-headed Gull
- c120 Mallard (20 on Dovestone and c100 at the top end of Yeoman-Hay)
- 1 Pheasant calling
- 1 Siskin calling
- 2 Pied Wagtail

- usual Jackdaws, Woodpigeons etc

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7 crossbills  3 male and 4 female  in group of mixed finches approx. 14 including greenfinches and goldfinches. Saw twice once at 11.15 and again same group at 13.30

From the road down to reservoir in the larches in front of car park at Binn Green(which is closed to Public due work on Dam commencing this weeks for 3 months!)

Also saw two dark pheasant and a flock of 20+ Goldcrest and Merlin.



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Found the attached shot of a Jackdaw taken in the car park at Dovestones on Friday. I didn't notice it was missing a foot at the time. Thankfully it appeared to not be hindered by its disability.



-- Edited by Andrea Wilson on Sunday 5th of November 2017 09:24:41 PM

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Thanks for the info and history Rob, there were definitely 2 or 3 individuals on Friday. I've also been told they are classed as a mechanistic mutant of the common pheasant.



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Hi Andrea, that dark emerald Pheasant, assuming it's the same individual, has been here since at least November 2nd 2014 (Ref my post on this thread), or at least there was one of the same colour here on that day.
You quite often get black ones, albino's, ones with white patches on (Leucistic tendencies?) and a few odd looking ones around Binn Green but it certainly doesn't look like a Mikado, that surely would've been a stunning dark royal blue colour for a start with different plumage markings. Hope this helps.
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Darrenjruddick wrote:

Looks like an escaped Mikado Pheasant


 Thanks Darren 



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Looks like an escaped Mikado Pheasant

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If these two stay around the pine trees they've got a better chance of staying alive as they were more camouflaged than the regular pheasants 



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Andrea Wilson wrote:

Spotted a number of strangely coloured pheasants from Binn Green area yesterday (photos attached). Are they a usual phase or something else?


 I'm surprised the breeders haven't got the feathers to display a bullseye pattern yet.



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Spotted a number of strangely coloured pheasants from Binn Green area yesterday (photos attached). Are they a usual phase or something else?



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Quick wander round the main res at 2.00pm

Black-headed Gull++

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Mallard++

Jackdaw

Pied Wagtail

Robin

Mixed flock of Goldfinch with a few Linnet

Chaffinch

Siskin

Mistle Thrush

Meadow Pipit

 



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Lower hillsides and valleys:

Buzzard 1
Stonechat 1

Higher hillsides and moorland tops:

Red Grouse 21
Kestrel 1
Meadow Pipit <10
Raven 2






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Day spent around here today, not a hugely productive, but a nice day. Lots of coal tits at Binn Green, but very few finches; a couple of goldcrest the pick of the rest.

Dovestone / Yeoman Hey & surrounds:

6+ goldcrest
1 willow warbler
5 meadow pipit
20+ swallow
7 pied wagtail
1 grey wagtail
1 dipper
1 or 2 kestrel

A willow warbler calling from the copse on Chew Valley path, and a few active chiffchaff here too; a raven high over and a couple of calling red grouse also along the path.

Chew reservoir:

5 meadow pipit
2 red grouse
3 kestrel (all together)
1 buzzard


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No sign as of 5.00pm, but Adrian one of the RSPB volunteers had a good view from the Sailing Club car park and is pretty certain it was a Cattle Egret. It flew further up the farmers field with all the sheep.



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Report an unidentified Egret at Dove Stone this morning with yellow legs. Going to have a look see if I can find it.

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Male Ring Ousel active along Chew Reservoir Road. I heard the alarm call first and then found the bird.

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A flock of about 15 crossbills and a cuckoo calling (and eventually seen) plus spotted flycatcher this afternoon.



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Among the usual at Dove Stone (26th May)

Spotted Flycatcher (been hanging around for a few days)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Common Sandpiper

Sparrowhawk

Treecreeper

 

 



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My first cuckoo of the year here this morning.



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Around Dove Stone site 12-6pm

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Blackbird

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Chiffchaff

Mistle Thrush

Song Thrush

Robin

Goldcrest

Ring Ouzel

Mallard

Canada Geese

Cormorant

Meadow Pipit

Stonechat

Wheatear

Jay

Treecreeper

Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Golden Plover

Red Grouse

Dunlin

Curlew

Skylark

Magpie

Carrion Crow

Raven

Pheasant

Red Legged Partridge



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Day spent around here today; pretty windy in the higher areas, meaning less about than normal, but still plenty to see:

Dovestone / Yeoman Hey and surrounds:

3 goldcrest heard singing
1 chiffchaff
15 willow warbler
1 treecreeper (gathering insects)
2 nuthatch
8 lesser redpoll
Goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch
6+ swallow
10+ meadow pipit
7 pied wagtail
3 grey wagtail
1 dipper (with what looked more like nesting material than food in its beak)
2 song thrush
6 mistle thrush
1 jay
Lots of mallard, including the first brood of the year I've seen; maybe 10 very young chicks.
2 black-headed gull
2 peregrine

Chew Valley path:

1 reed bunting
7 meadow pipit
3 grey wagtail
1 mallard with a single chick at the copse

Chew Reservoir:

12+ meadow pipit
6 red grouse
2 Canada geese
2 common sandpiper
2 curlew
1 peregrine

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 30th of April 2017 10:16:38 PM

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My first swallow this afternoon in a quick visit, plus a ring ouzel, fairly quiet otherwise.



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Most of the day around here today; slightly truncated visit due to public transport inefficiencies / personal ineptitude, so no visit to the uppermost habitats (the best bits), ufortunately. Highlights:

Binn Green:

2 chiffchaff singing
Lots of coal tit and chaffinch especially, good numbers of goldfinch and a couple of greenfinch.
2 lesser redpoll
8+ siskin
1 great spotted woodpecker heard drumming

Yeoman Hey, Dovestone, etc:

2+ goldcrest
2 willow warbler
2 treecreeper
1 nuthatch
3 lesser redpoll
c5 siskin
10+ meadow pipit
3 or 5 pied wagtail
1 grey wagtail
2 dipper
1 song thrush
1 mistle thrush
1 jay
1 curlew heard
1 kestrel
1 buzzard heard distantly

Chew Valley path (only up until the small copse)

1 wheatear
3 meadow pipit
1 grey wagtail
1 or 2 red grouse heard


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all day here having a good mooch around..

no signs of any ring ouzel or wheatear that had been seen in the week.
2-3 dippers
plenty of red grouse around
1 brief view of a crossbill, more heard in one of the plantations.
lots of siskin around with several redpolls
2 stonechat
1 skylark
plenty of meadow pipits around
1 kestrel
1 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
1 raven
4 grey wagtail
5 pied wagtail
1 oystercatcher
mistle thrush sat on nest
3 grey heron
2 golden plover up at chew reservoir
plus all the usuals around.

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Originally posted today by Will McKellar:  

 

Ring Ouzel beyond the reservoir at Dove Stones, at the foot of the long trek up to the highest point. By four old stone gate posts. 



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Had a red kite drift over Binn Green Car Park at about 3pm today

Also a male wheatear up at Chew Reservoir

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About 45 minutes at Binn Green this morning in misty / drizzly conditions

3+ Brambling
1 Mistle Thrush

Abundant Siskin, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Chaffinch
Fewer Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Pheasant, Blackbird, Coal Tit



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Cold and dreary today (11.00-15.00)

Finches galore at Binn Green including a Greenfinch, one Brambling and a lot of Siskin.

Usual variety of tits present around the feeders with a single treecreeper and 4 pheasant. 

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A nice flock of around 10 Reed Bunting, mixed with a few Goldfinch and Greenfinch in the hawthorns at the back of the sailing club yesterday.
Other than that just the usual, no sign of the Pochard, must have been a fleeting visit.

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Sun 29th Jan (09:45 - 12:00):
Another nice day, with clearblue sky and warm sunshine - at least around the Binn Green area. This time the path alongside the reservoirs was open, despite it still being shooting season (until 1st Feb), however the lack of sightings of Pheasant and Partridge (other than the odd carcass) suggests that perhaps there is not much left to be shot at.

Binn Green - very busy with finches
- 2 Mistle Thrush
- 2+ Coal Tit
- 12+ Siskin
- 15+ Goldfinch
- 6 Chaffinch
- Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Pheasant

Later 2 Buzzard to the north. 1 Peegrine on rock face high above Dovestones Res.

1 Dipper in channel alongside Yeoman Hay.

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Not the best visit but still a beautiful location. A single heron and meadow pipit were the only birds of note. Mallard, black-headed gull and Canada goose were also present on Dovestone. Next time I'll try Binn Green and yeoman.



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Binn Green today, approx 3:15-3:45pm Brambling- 2m, 2f- lifer for me, made the decision to go despite the snow and ice worth while, even though I worried about getting my car out of the car park! As I was leaving someone was struggling to get their car up the hill at the bottom car park... Mistle Thrush x2- feeding on berries on a bush in the top car park. Treecreeper- round the feeders. Other species seen: Blue Tit Chaffinch (at least one of each sex) Coal Tit Great Tit Robin

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Wed 28th Dec (11:30 - 13:30 ish):
Beautiful, still, clear lunchtime walk in warm sunshine from Binn Green and around the main reservoir, as Yeoman Hay etc was out of bounds due to shooting.

Binn Green:
Mix of usual tits (Great, Blue, Coal) and finches (Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch)
Robin
Blackbird
Brambling - a single male on the feeders. A long-awaited (40+ years) UK tick. My mum claims that they were seen in the garden when I was a youngster, but I have no memory of them.
Raven - 1 cronking nearby when we returned to the car.

Dovestones:
c60 Mallard
c10 Common Gull
c60 Black-headed Gull
1 Peregrine



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Feeders fairly quiet, but still a couple of Bramblings about.



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Brief visit to Binn Green ,Tuesday lunchtime.

M+F Bullfinch, plenty of Chaffinch and Coal Tits,male Great Spotted Woodpecker,3 Brambling,4 Siskin, Crossbills(heard only),plus usuals.

Cheers Chris



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8.30-9.30 a.m. 2nd visit in the last week looking for Crossbill, 6 over car park at 9.20, ( GM Year list now 171smile). Also 10+ Brambling below feeders.
Cheers Ian

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A Green Woodpecker above Binn Green where the trees have been cleared overlooking the reservoir.

My first for a couple of years in this vicinity.



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Sunday 23rd October 2016, 12.00 - 12.45pm

Binn Green, following a cold and windy blank around Higher Swineshaw

Goldfinch and Chaffinch dominated around the feeding area, but there were also around a dozen flighty Brambling, and I managed to pick out a couple of Siskin. Without the trees, nothing was flying due to the strong wind.

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Monday 10th October 2016, 9.30 - 11.00am

Binn Green, down to Yeoman Hey dam, and back.

20+ Brambling
6 Siskin
10+ Mistle Thrush, including 8 moving noisily around the Rowan trees at the car park
40+ Chaffinch
6 Goldfinch
10+ Greenfinch
Several Goldcrest
1 Treecreeper
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
6+ Coal Tits
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Grey Wagtail on Yeoman Hey Reservoir

By the time I returned to Binn Green, at 11.00am, the Brambling were down to 4, and the Siskin had disappeared.

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Day spent around here today.

Binn Green:

4 goldcrest
c15 coal tit
10+ goldfinch
5+ greenfinch
20+ chaffinch
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 cormorant over
1 buzzard

Yeoman Hey / Dove Stone and surrounds:

10+ goldcrest (lots in Ashway Gap wood)
1 nuthatch
30+ lesser redpoll (the dominant species in a large mixed flock that also contained goldfinch and siskin)
c15 meadow pipit
3 pied wagtail
2 dipper (one in the channel alongside Yeoman Hey, one on the overflow channel coming down from Greenfield Reservoir(?) at Ashway Gap)
2 song thrush
3 jay
A few rook coming in to roost late on when leaving
2 raven

Chew Valley Path:

1, probably 2, stonechat (brief distant view, with the male standing out)
16+ meadow pipit
1 grey wagtail
2 dipper (or the same dipper twice)
3 raven
11+ red grouse
1 kestrel

Meadow pipits, red grouse, and a flock of around 15 goldfinch at Chew Reservoir.



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Today at 9am
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Steve Suttill wrote:

Rather depressing walk from Binn Green along Yeoman Hey to the top of Greenfield Reservoir this afternoon.

Hardly a single wild bird to be seen or heard. Hundreds of recently released Pheasants and dozens of Red-legged Partridges (never seen so many). I suspect that many of the Mallard have also been introduced. Game bird feeders everywhere and corn scattered all over the place. All so some sadistic so-and-sos can have their "fun"...





Did a similar walk on Sunday 18th Sep and noticed exactly the same thing. Lots of Mallard sheltering along the edge of Greenfield Reservoir and tons of Red-legged Partridge on the hilsides. a few Pheasant were heard but none seen.

At Binn Green, just the usual tits, Chaffinches, Goldcrests and Siskins. Also a single Kestrel.

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Did the same walk rather depressing ,
a pair of coal tits plus pair of chaffinch at Binn Green,
a male Great spotted woodpecker on the trees opposite the
viewing platform and a pair goldfinches flying in ,
Raven heard but not seen in the same area,
200+ mallard on Greenfield reservoir never seen so many
erm???? plus a few pheasant and partridge
nononono

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Rather depressing walk from Binn Green along Yeoman Hey to the top of Greenfield Reservoir this afternoon.

Hardly a single wild bird to be seen or heard. Hundreds of recently released Pheasants and dozens of Red-legged Partridges (never seen so many). I suspect that many of the Mallard have also been introduced. Game bird feeders everywhere and corn scattered all over the place. All so some sadistic so-and-sos can have their "fun"...

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Green Sandpiper hanging around one of the bog pools yesterday.

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Day off work today, so spent it here instead; much more agreeable. Highlights:

Binn Green:

2 goldcrest
Plenty of coal tit; the only numerous species here.
2 treecreeper
1 bullfinch

Yeoman Hey / Ashway Gap / Dove Stone:

2+ goldcrest (juveniles)
1 willow warbler (juvenile)
3 lesser redpoll (one very confiding juvenile by the sailing club)
2 siskin
5+ swallow (not swift, as originally typed)
8+ meadow pipit
4 pied wagtail
3 grey wagtail
1 raven
1 common sandpiper

Chew valley path:

2 willow warbler heard calling
5 or 6 stonechat (one young juvenile)
7 meadow pipit
2 grey wagtail (pair, both with food)
6 red grouse
6 teal (on pond next to small copse; with 8 mallard)

Chew reservoir:

5+ meadow pipit
2 red grouse
100+ Canada geese
1 common sandpiper

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Not a bird sighting, but there's a very good new website about Dove Stone been set up by Geoff Frost who used to be one of the rangers here:

http://www.doveheritage.com/


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Hello all. First post. I hope I haven't made any mistakes with names. I went on a RSPB guided walk of Dove Stone edge on 19 June.


My sightings were:

Mallards. Several males and handful of females. Three ducklings
Great Tits x 2
Chaffinch x 1 (male)
Pied wagtail x 2
Jackdaws x 6
Common Sandpiper
Kestrel x 1 (female)
Wren x 2
Meadow Pipit x 4
Skylark x 1 but heard many more.

There was a stonechat seen apparently but for the life of me I couldn't find it.  We were also on the lookout for Golden Plover but all we saw were the remains of, what I am assuming, was a peregrine's lunch as we came down Ashford Gap.



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Late post for Yesterday(Friday),walked all the way upto Chew Res. last time I did this I was 15!!, best birds were Stonechat, 8 Red Grouse and 2 Golden Plover.
Cheers Ian

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