Trip reports

Dovestones RSPB

Dovestones RSPB
Ravens - Jill Islam

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Parking at the Binn Green car park the first bird seen was an almost black pheasant. The feeding station was devoid of food but a nuthatch and a coal tit were seen checking, just in case, and a blackbird rummaged through the leaf matter beneath.
On the walk down towards the reservoirs we were greeted with singing willow warbler and blackcap. A wren darted in and out a stone wall and a robin kept a beady eye on us.
There was little on the reservoir itself, with only mallard and Canada goose being on the water. On the stepped intake a common sandpiper and a grey wagtail scurried about, and a pied wagtail sat on a nearby gate post.

On the hillside a couple of noisy ravens came close, and a few woodpigeons flew over. On passing the cleared woodland area, we noted great tit and chaffinch.
A grey heron stood motionless in the stream at the intake at the far end of the reservoir, a pair of mistle thrush searched for food, and a stonechat flew from fence post to fence post.
We began the climb up the road to Chew reservoir but the drizzle and the low cloud reduced the prospects of seeing much. So, after seeing a few meadow pipits, a couple of red grouse, and a single wheatear, we decided to return to the lower level. The information centre car park housed a few scavenging jackdaws, and on the water near the sailing club were a number of black-headed gulls with a couple of carrion crows ferreting around on the water's edge.
Returning, in the woodland along the edge of the reservoir there was a feeding party of goldfinches stripping the dandelion heads. A vocal song thrush sat high in the tree tops, and a great spotted woodpecker flitted from tree to tree.

29 species seen, 4 attended