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


A couple of hours from Binn Green, along the valley past Yeoman Hay & Greenfield Reservoirs. Lovely blue sky (in places) & sunshine, but no Wood Warbler for me. Near Binn Green - 2 Treecreeper - 4 Lesser Redpoll - 2 Siskin over Plus singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler Along the valley past the Reservoirs - 2 Raven - stonechat family of 3 + 2 elsewhere - lots of singing Willow Warblers - Kestrel - 2 Buzzards - several Grey & Pied Wagtails - 1 fem Mallard with chick - 1 Common Sandpiper in channel around Yeoman Hay Reed Bunting, Chaffinch etc

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Wood Warbler singing by the steps at Binn Green today. Among 40 species, other birds included 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Raven, 18 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin, 4 Redpoll and a leucistic Woodpigeon with off-white wings and mantle

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Wood Warbler still showing well in usual place near the steps to Binn Green. Lots of Cuckoo vocals in the valley also Common Sandpiper on Yeoman Hey Res.  

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Wood Warbler elusive early evening not far from the steps at Binn Green car park, seen singing breifly then moved up to the canopy and lost to view a few minutes later. Refound just after 7pm at the bottom of the two car parks and then flew across Holmfirth Road to the shrubs on the hill side (pots and pans side). Also Curlew over and 2 Crossbill calling over twice along the lane below Binn Green. 



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Wood Warbler still belting it out at 13.00 in same area.   Spends time in high canopy but with patience comes down to lower levels. 



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Mon 20/5 10:30 wood warbler singing from just below bottom car park at Binn green Mistle Thrush singing mournful lilt from rocky outcrops on hill opposite with mate

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Sunday 19th, Wood Warbler still singing away above the Binn Green steps at 17:30. You don't even need to go more than 50m from the car. Seemingly undisturbed by the hordes going up and down the steps. Can be quite high in the canopy which means it's often against the light, with patience good views can be obtained.

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Saturday 18th 6am

Wood Warbler showed well from the steps below Binn Green car park, constantly in song. Almost 3 years to the day I saw my last one here.
Cuckoo also heard calling.

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Wood warbler showing well and calling constantly at 10.30 today just below Binn Green car park quite close to the steps at times. Wish I had taken my camera



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Wood warbler still singing at Binn Green at half three yesterday afternoon. Very tricky to see, I got the best (but brief) view of it looking into the canopy from the road on the way back to Greenfield. Also a cuckoo calling from the plantation on the other side of the reservoir from the Binn Green viewpoint. The ring ousel singing from somewhere North of the car park had me frankly stumped, not least because I'd never heard the song before and didn't know what I was looking for. There was a full songscape along Holmfirth Road, mostly blackbirds, song thrushes and robins with chaffinches, chiffchaffs, willow warblers and blackcaps; also red-legged partridges feeding with the sheep.

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Wood Warbler still at Binn Green. 9.46 showing well in conifers just below car park to right of steps.



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Wood Warbler in the dell at the bottom of the steps from Binn Green. Can get very high in the canopy while feeding

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The Clarence to Binn Green on round to Pots and Pans then return to Binn Green. Up to Upper Wood House (end of pavement on the A365 to Holmfirth) and back to Greenfield. 10.15 - 16.00

32 species inc
Curlew 3 - 2 in display together and a third bird heard but not seen above Greenfield Res.
Kestrel pair hunting Alderman's Hill
Raven - at least 3
Common Buzzard - 1 possibly 2 individuals
Mistle Thrush -several
Wheatear 1 M
Ring Ouzel 2 minimum - a bird was heard calling and singing but couldn't be located, then two birds flew in high on to the hillside, one of them a nice male.
Crossbill 1 heard in the trees flanking Yeoman Hey Res.
Redpoll, Siskin and Coal Tit on feeders at Binn Green
Oystercatcher 1 heard over the trees at Binn Green - pairs often seen on the lodges lower down
Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Nuthatch all calling/singing in the woods along Chew Brook.

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Binn Green......1 x Lesser Redpoll, 1 x Treecreeper,  25 x Siskin



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Crossbill 7 at Binn Green still

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Crossbill 13-20 in Larch at Binn Green this morning. Initially a flock of 7 which flew towards Yeoman Hey, later 13 arrived. Just the one adult female picked out amongst the juveniles.

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Originally posted today by Tony Galgani 


Dovestones to Chew.Wheatear , 2 Ring Ouzel , 2 Curlew over, plenty meadow pipits , wrens and Willow Warblers.On the tops plenty of noisy Red Grouse. 



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Dove Stone Car Park to Chew Res and return pre-rain

Red Grouse (at least a dozen increasing concentration nearer the top)
Ring Ouzel x 1 (fem)
Hoards of Meadow Pipits
Stonechat x 2 m
Raven (single flew up the valley)
Dipper x 1
Teal (on the small lake part way up) 3m 2f
Willow Warbler
Wren
Mistle Thrush
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail




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07.00-10.00 Main car park to Chew Reservoir

11 (8M 3F) Ring Ouzel at reservoir flew into Chew Valley (male singing on way back down)

3 Willow Warbler, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 9 Red Grouse, Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit,  



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Pots and Pans

Wheatear 8 juvenile / immature
Little Owl family of 5
Raven 2
Kestrel family of 4
Red-legged Partridge 2



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Cuckoo calling today

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4 ring ouzels, 3 male 1 female on the rocky slopes above binn green car park this morning.

Also 8 buzzards & 1 Raven in the air together making a lot of commotion between each other.
4 wheatear
3 red legged partridge
Lots of meadow pipits & pied wagtails.



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Highlights of a wander around this morning were: 4 Raven. 2 Oystercatcher. 2 Buzzard. 2 Kestrel. 2 Goldcrest and approx 20 Meadow Pipit

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Wood Warbler - singing male still at the bottom of the steps below Binn Green car park
Spotted Flycatcher 1 in the plantation at 53.525379, -1.988162

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Wood Warbler still singing this morning at Binn Green.

Some top birds around the place too, everything showed well today, Ring Ouzel and Stonechat in particular. The oddest thing was an immature Marsh Harrier that banked up over the ridge overlooking Chew Brook, and after being mobbed by a Buzzard flew off towards Mossley. Brilliant views of Spotted Flycatcher in the plantation blocks above the terraced cottages before you get to Intake Lane.

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Yesterday: Wood Warbler still present yesterday and performing well in the gloom in the same spot!



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Early trip to Binn Green (06:15 - 7:45)and was surprised to see that we were the first in the carpark. Lovely misty morning giving great views over the area as we walked up past Greenfield and Yeoman Hey Reservoirs.

Binn Green
- m Wood Warbler giving fantastic views - I've seen lots when I was working in Sweden, but its my first in the UK and GM
- several Siskins heard callling
- c2 Treecreeper calling - 1 seen
plus supporting chorus of Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler

Greenfield Reservoir
- pr Common Sandpiper
- several Curlew heard but not seen
- Mistle Thrush

Yeoman Hey Reservoir
- 1 Common Sandpiper
- 1 Grey Wagtail


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Male wood warbler still just south of Binn Green car park. Also 1 siskin in same area, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Dipper and 2 Curlew displaying on moors NE of Binn Green

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Singing male Wood Warbler still showing well yesterday evening at Binn Green.



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Wood Warbler still showing well at midday.
Male and female Redstart in the charred woodland SE of Dovestone Reservoir.
Spotted Flycatcher on the fence in the same area.
3x Common Sandpiper around Dovestone Reservoir.
Grey Wagtail and Dipper along Chew Brook.



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Sunday 16th May 07:30

Wood Warbler still showing well this morning at the bottom of the steps below Binn Green car park.

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Recording of the Wood Warbler uploaded to Xeno Canto here https://www.xeno-canto.org/648207

Still present late morning today per Birdguides.



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Wood Warbler still present showing well at 18:00. 6 siskin on feeders.



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Wood Warbler still singing, calling and showing well though mobile by the steps below the Binn Green carpark early afternoon.



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1 Common Sandpiper Yeoman Hey Reservoir
2 Oystercatcher Dove Stone Reservoir

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Wood Warbler still present, singing and calling. 9.40.am. Bottom of steps from car park, to the right .

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Wood Warbler still present this morning and performing at the bottom of the steps below Binn Green car park

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Wood Warbler singing from Binn Green reported today from one of our UU collegues.



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Feeders surprisingly busy today, must be the unseasonal cold weather. Well be stopping feeding in the next week or so.

At least 6 Siskin, 4 Redpoll, lots of Chaffinches, Goldfinches and all the usual Tits. 


Around the reservoirs and moorland edge:

3 Pairs of Pied Wagtail

Dipper on Chew Brook

Pair of Oystercatchers on farmers field

Single Lapwing  above Sailing club

3 Curlew

4 Ring Ouzel

Pair of Wheatear,

Raven

at least 5 Stonechat in Chew Valley

Kestrel

Common Sandpipers are back on the reservoirs, 3 seen today.

2 Swallows over dam wall

 

 



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River: Dipper pair + Grey Wagtail 

Between Greenfield and Reservoirs: Oystercatchers x 3 in fields + Buzzard in trees 

 

Reservoirs: Common Sandpiper again on the wall. Lone Oystercatcher flew across. 

 

Walked up to Chew Reservoir and wasn't disappointed - there were at least 3 Stonechat on the route and a male Kestrel was surveying from the tops 

There was a single Swallow around plus a Curlew flew towards Saddleworth calling late on 

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On the river near were both Grey Wagtail and Dipper.

The slopes above Binn Green had a single female Wheatear. 

 

Other birds seen included Common Sandpiper on the Reservoir wall, a singing Treecreeper plus Kestrel 

 



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11 Ring Ouzel this evening in one field near the farm to the south of Pots and Pans and the obelisk

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A wander round the quieter parts today.
C 9 Ring Ousel (8M 1f) around the usual area today, but more dispersed than the 14 reported by a friend on Tuesday. Several were in patches of uneven ground so it was difficult to follow individual birds as they fed
Wheatear 2 1M 1F but well apart
Common Buzzard 1
Mistle Thrush 15 minimum mainly in fields just above Greenfield. Several very pale looking
Curlew 2 flying together down the valley from Greenfield Reservoir direction then circled over Indian Head spiralled up and away west.
Raven 2 a pair enjoying the thermals.
Kestrel 1
Long-tailed Tit 2 collecting sheep's wool from bushes along Bradbury Lane.
Red Grouse 1 sat on a wall a few yards off Oldham Way. Not sure who was more surprised him (you could clearly see his wattles biggrin) or me!
Chiffchaff 2 S- at either end of the private road beside Chew Brook. In contrast
Willow Warbler - everywhere 1 seen all singing.
Black-headed Gull 3 on Dove Stone Reservoir
Golden Plover 1 heard over, towards Uppermill
Oystercatcher 1 flew west over the fisherman's pool and old Tanner Bros Mill calling
Grey Heron 1 in Chew Brook by Tanner Bros Mill.
Pied Wagtail 2 together on Dove Stone dam

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Pheasant - usual motley collection including the black cohort and a single white bird
Meadow Pipit inc display flight
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Blackbird
Magpie
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Robin
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Mallard

One thing I noticed was how quiet it was in the mature woodland south of the sailing club compared with the rest of the area. There has obviously been a lot of disturbance (wide paths everywhere) but I didn't hear or see a single bird as I came through, in sharp contrast to elsewhere.



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4 Goosanders today, one pair on Yeoman Hey and one on Greenfield Reservoir.

12 Golden Plover on the bog north of Chew.

Dipper in the Spillway at Ashway Gap



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While doing trail check today:

 

At Binn Green:

Usual amounts of Blue Tits, Coal Tits and Great Tits.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

20+ Goldfinch

10 Chaffinch

Dunnock

Treecreeper

2 Nuthatch

2 Robin

Blackbird

at least 3 singing Mistle Thrush

 

Around main Reservoir:

30+ Mallards including the resident domestic breeds, White and Swedish Blue Crested

2 Canada Geese

2 Oystercatcher

2 Cormorant

1 Tufted Duck (nice to see something different on the res)

Stonechat

Treecreeper

50+ Woodpigeon

Grey Wagtail

Goldcrest

Heard one Curlew up on the hill.

 



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9-11.30 to Chew Reservoir and back

2 Stonechat, 5 Red Grouse, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail 



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Fri 26-Feb-21 (8:40-10:20):

First visit in months and pleased to say that we avaoided the crowd.

Binn Green Feeders:
Just the usual Pheasants, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Tit species

Walk up past Yeoman Hay and Greenfield Reservoirs
- c12 singing Chaffinch
- 3 singing Coal Tit
- 2 singing Goldcrest
- 1 Song Thrush
- 2 singing Blackbird
- 1 Mistle Thrush
- 2 Dipper - 1 by Greenfield Reservoir and a second higher up along Greenfield Brook
plus usual supporting cast of Woodpigeons and Pheasants etc

Fabulous weather and really quite warm!

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Had a ride here this afternoon hoping to see Brambling.

Car Park to Dove Stones closed off as full.

Binn Green car park was chaos with Cars and mud everywhere.

Feeders at Binn Green empty and was totally birdless

Laybys where full and traffic wardens having a field day two in presence so obviously rich pickings.

I suggest avoiding at weekend.

 

 



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A least 3 Snipe today on the bog near Chew reservoir

Plus still 5+ Meadow Pipits knocking about and a late passage Wheatear on Chew Track.



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Chew Reservoir is in Oldham, GM, You should enjoy it up there .... be like mid-winter but with midges ... so don't forget your wooly hat, gloves and insect repellant !!

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