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Post Info TOPIC: Dove Stone RSPB (including Binn Green and environs)


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RE: Dovestones Reservoir


A large mixed flock at Binn Green car park this morning, mainly goldfinch, chaffinch and greenfinch but also included about 20 siskin, a couple of redpoll, at least 2 brambling, 1 treecreeper and a GS woodpecker.

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6/9/10 09.30 - 12.30 Circular walk around Dove Stone Resr. / Yeoman Hey Resr. / Greenfield Resr.

c15 Swallows
c65 Meadow Pipits
c7 Coal Tits
1 Green Woodpecker on edge of plantation Yeoman Hey Resr.
2 Kestrel
1 Stonechat
1 Dipper
c20 Pied Wagtail inc 15 in field near car park
1 Grey Wagtail

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2 Oystercatcher
3 Curlew
2 Nuthatch
2 Raven
Coal Tit (juv)
Grey Wagtail (Adult, 2 Juv)
Blackcap 1 singing in careful synchronicity with
Whitethroat 1 - confuse.gif
Redpoll- several small parties
Siskin
Grey Heron 2
Reed BUnting 1 singing near former paper tip
Stonechat 1 Male

and 1 pheasant chick doing a very good disappearing act as mum flew off to distractaww.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 11th of July 2010 06:39:30 AM

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1 cuckoo calling from chew piece plantation circa 6.30 pm along with one blackcap and one lesser redpoll.

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28/6/10 09.30 - 14.45 Circular walk around Dove Stone Resr. / Yeoman Hey Resr. / Greenfield Resr. then up to Chew Resr and back to Dove Stone Resr. car park.

1 Cuckoo heard calling from behind Sailing Club as I arrived.

3 Blackcaps singing and 2 females seen around Binn Green, plenty of Long Tailed Tits and Blue Tits calling along with Jay, Treecreeper, RLP and recently fledged Robins.

1 Common Sandpiper on Dove Stone Resr.
3 Common Sandpiper on Yeoman Hey Resr.
1 Common Sandpiper on Greenfield Resr.

A total of 5 Adults and 2 Juv's Pied Wagtails
A total of 7 Adults and 5 Juv's Grey Wagtails

1 Wheatear seen on the wall at the Northside of Greenfield Resr.

1 Kestrel, c40 Meadow Pipits, 1 female Chaffinch and 1 Wren along Chew Valley

1 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbirds, 3 Pheasants, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch and 4 Willow Warblers around Kinder Intake.



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quick visit on sun am 3 treecreepers,1 great spotted woodpecker ,1 spotted flycatcher plus usuals

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common sand on the middle reservoir (yeoman hey?) and a grey wagtail in ashway gap plus several peregrine spotting birds inc one in binn green car park!

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went climbing at wimberry boulders this evening. As I walked past the sailing club a Cuckoo was calling from Chew Plantation, i.e. the woodland below wimberry crag/ indian's head. A little while later whilst sat atop a boulder, the cuckoo starting calling again quite close and eventually was seen in flight with a second cuckoo, possibly a young bird. Both birds eventually flew into the area around the stream on the edge of plantation and one sat on a small boulder for quite some time. Both birds were also being harassed by meadow pipits - surrogate parent moving the parasitic host parent and yound on??

also saw a raven and treecreeper.

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a buzzard looked tatty , in moult perhaps? grey wag, pied wag, weatear, and various usual local birds

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 12th of June 2010 11:26:29 PM

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First time at Dovestones, what a great place
Wheatear
curlew
peregrine (over)
raven
willow warbler
goldfinch
goldcrest
meadow pipit
reed bunting
wren
swallow
chaffinch
pied wags
and many more
what a great plce , hope to visit next weekend, many thanks to the rspb folk who were there for there guidence and friendliness

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some late news for Friday night - Sorry

quick walk up past the sailing club produced:
Robin
Dunnock
Pied Wagtail
Several willow warblers
LT Tit
Greenfinch (heard only)
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Mallard
Canada Goose
Lesser Redpoll

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sunday morning and afternoon visit
lesser black back gulls
canada geese
chaffinch
pheasant
dipper
carrion crow
coal tit
willow warbler
wheatear 20 +
common sandpiper
redpoll
raven
woodpigeon

nice to meet you Chris.
RSPB van of many colours out in afternoon for general public to use scopes.


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A bike ride this afternoon produced raven, peregrine,sparrowhawk and 2 common buzzard plus stonechat and whinchat yesterday.

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Hi Dave. No names on the large A-Z map either, but the footpath is shown as Intake Lane.

Not much to add to the usual stuff we saw this a.m.

Common Buzzard 1
Dipper 3 (1 singing, the other 2 just arguing fight.gif all unringed)
Raven 2
Redpoll 1 (display flight/song)
Reed Bunting 1 (f)

2nd Buzzard soaring over the junction of Mossely Road & Oldham Road

Thanks for this morning's jaunt.

-- Edited by Mike Chorley on Saturday 10th of April 2010 06:10:18 PM

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Not sure of the name, but the OS is roughly SE 010 031.

Glad Kev, Mike, Rose and Brian got to see them.

Dave

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9+ crossbill in plantation opposite fletchers mill up the hill, not sure exact name of plantation, will look when i get to car park. Cant see them now.

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For the record, i left Paul at Dovestones car park wink.gif Crossbills at Binn Green car park my a**e Paulbiggrin.gifwink.gif

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Paul Cliff wrote:

a mooch yesterday with dave w.



3 men looking for man on man action.

and it's now pay and display.






For parking your car or man on man action? biggrin.gif

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a mooch yesterday with dave w.

2 red grouse
2 willow warblers
4 pied wagtails
2 goldcrest
lots of mipits
gold, green and chaffinches
coal, blue and great tits.

binn green car park

2 lesser redpoll
7 siskin

3 men looking for man on man action.

and it's now pay and display.


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I was up there on Sunday morning first thing and saw a pair of Ravens but very little else.

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Had a long 5 hour walk up the hills on top of Dovestones today. Lots of snow on the tops, but very few birds except for the grouse. Must have seen 30 birds or more today biggrin.gif, the most I've seen up there, but then you can hardly miss them standing out brown on white. A lone meadow pipit was near the reservoir, with 40+ Mallard, 3 Canada Geese and the usual titmice about in the woods.

The peregrines must be enjoying the riches of the coast, as no sign of them today, or Ravens. I kept my eyes and ears out for Crossbills in amoungst the conifers too, but no sign unfortunately.

On the non-bird side there were plenty of Mountain Hare tracks up there today, but in all the snow I couldn't see any of them no.gif, though did find some droppingsdisbelief.gif.

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13 down in todays Daily Mirror Quizword, 'Collective noun for a flock of pheasants', 3 letters. I think Steve's just answered it! wink.gif

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David Winnard wrote:

Indeed, but nothing on the BOUQUET of pheasant you had earlier in the year Steve.

Dave

p.s I thought for Grouse a covey is a single family group and a pack is a general large group?






Don't know where you got the "bouquet" from, Dave (a florists?), Juliana Berners' Book of St. Albans has "a nide" or "a nye of pheasants".

I've never been able to tell whether a group of Grouse were related or not - they all seem to have a family resemblance smile.gifsmile.gif

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Indeed, but nothing on the BOUQUET of pheasant you had earlier in the year Steve.

Dave

p.s I thought for Grouse a covey is a single family group and a pack is a general large group?



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Steve Suttill wrote:

Flocks of Grouse? no.gifno.gif

It's a covey or a pack of Grouse if you please, chaps! wink.gifwink.gif






Whatever they are collectively, theres a lot of them!! biggrin.gif

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Flocks of Grouse? no.gifno.gif

It's a covey or a pack of Grouse if you please, chaps! wink.gifwink.gif

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3 flocks of Red Grouse above Ashway Gap on the 1/1/10, of 8, 15 and 20ish respectively. And a Kestrel.

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A nice flock of 12 Red Grouse flying against the snow at the back of Dovestones. Nothing else though.

Best Wishes to all for 2010!

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5th December.

8.20 am to 9.45 am.

A short visit hoping for either Crossbill or Brambling......or being greedy both!....ended up with neither!!mad.gif

2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare and 1 Jay. Parties of 11 Long-tailed Tit and 6 Bullfinch. A Grey Wagtail was trying to feed at the side of Yeoman Hey Reservoir and was seen being bullied three times away from the waters edge by a Robin.

Whilst walking along the front of one of the plantations here - 2 female walkers came along with three very alert, inquisitive and lively Springer Spaniels - with noses down sniff.gif (the dogs not the walkers!wink.gif) they went into the plantation and out flew a Pheasant.....quickly followed by a Woodcock! On getting home I noticed that neither of these 2 latter species have been recorded for the 2007 - 2011 BTO Atlas project for this tetrad SE00C (Pots and Pans). Pleased to be able to add both - especially so the Woodcock. nod.gif

The water level on Dovestones Res. is high but still seems pretty low on Yeoman Hey Reservoir.

Stopped off briefly at Grotton on the way home where a Mistle Thrush was heard singing.

Cheers,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Saturday 5th of December 2009 03:30:56 PM

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A flock of 20 + Brambling below Binn Green car park this afternoon.

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Binn Green (2 Nov, 11.00 - 12 45)

A female Crossbill (1) loosely associated with a mixed finch flock of predominately Chaffinch (c35) which also contained Brambling (3-4), Bullfinch (3), Greenfinch (1), Goldfinch (1)

Peregrine overflew Dovestones Res.

Cheers, John

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Peregrine circling over binn green car park, then mobbed by a male merlin at 0930hrs.

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early Sunday morning (18.10.09)

No Crossbills to be seen. One very vocal Great Spotted 'pecker, 4 very confiding Goldcrests. Dipper and a solitary white duck on Yeoman Hey resr.

On my return to Binn Green car park there were at least two dozen Pheasants (I'm sure they weren't there when I arrived!). Most were males and most of them were of the very dark green variety - very tame and/or very stupid - obviously recent releases.

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20+ crossbill at 1330 from the car park.

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About a dozen crossbills at Binn Green until spooked by a sparrowhawk. Also a lone fieldfare there at 11am.

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Sunday morning - 9.8.09

very quiet at Binn Green - family party of Coal Tits.

Dove Stone Clough - 1 Dipper and 2 Grey Wagtails (no sign of breeding success)

Ashway Gap picnic site - lots of noisy young Goldfinches giving their parents a hard time.

back across dam - 1 juvenile Stonechat.

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Probably back to a blackcap. I had a possible tree pipit on the way up to Chew reservoir but I went up today and heard nothing. John.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 1st of June 2009 08:23:28 PM

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Quick look round on Saturday morning - found the Garden Warbler near Binn Green but nothing doing at Ashway Gap. The Binn Green bird seemed to be holding down the same territory as last year's Wood Warbler - what can we expect ther next year?

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Spotted flycatcher, stonechat, redpoll, green woodpecker and little owl this evening. Two singing garden warblers yesterday (only one seen) , one at Ashway Gap the other at Binn Green. But neither could be found in a brief visit today . A pair of red legged partridge on the hill overlooking Binn Green.

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Good to see that the Stonechat numbers are holding up despite our fears after this winter's cold snap. Garden Warbler is a good find for this site too. Shame about the lack of Flycatchers though.

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Garden Warbler singing at the picnic site at Ashway Gap at 10 am. At least three pairs of Stonechat around. Green Woodpecker and GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch but no flycatchers.

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11:00 - 14:00

4 Stonechat
20+ Meadow Pipit
2 Kestrel
2 Grey Wagtail
2 Siskin

sightings of white fury creatures and some unusual mushrooms on the wildlife forum

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Thought it might be, thanks for the confirmation Graham!

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I got it wrong not Dalton marsh but Burton marsh and it is near Inner Marsh Fam (RSPB)
Vist Dee Estuary Birding for maps and sightings

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Where is Dalton Marsh?? Can't find any info on it...

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Well in GMC, you're OK.

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Burton Marsh?

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Dove Stone RSPB (including Binn Green and environs)


Short eared owl today at 14.30
This was on the moor above the reservoir on the opposite side of the road from the sandwich van
If this is out of our area I apologise
Good close up views but not quite as good as the twelve (12) that i saw last week on the Dee estuary at Dalton marsh all at the same time, it took five of us to count them.
not bad 4 short eared and a peregrine in one scope view.
Nearly as good as the following day when 23 were reported smile.gif

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 23rd of January 2012 03:57:27 PM

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