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  • Blog Post: Three Year Firsts!

    Hello, it's been a glorious day at Old Moor with lots and lots of sunshine....lots! The title refers to three year firsts for me today, a whitethroat, a wasp and a little holly blue butterfly! The whitethroat was singing away on Green Lane at the end near Wath Ings, the wasp was also on Green Lane...
  • Blog Post: Whimbrel!

    Hello, there's been a whimbrel at Old Moor today. It's been there all day, or at least it was until I left which was about 4pm. It was asleep or just sitting/standing quietly for quite a chunk of today and then mid-afternoon it woke up and started to feed. It had been behind grasses to the right...
  • Blog Post: Another kingfisher sighting!

    Hello, it's always a good when whenever you catch a glimpse of a kingfisher, usually a flash of brilliant blue that zips on by and doesn't stay for you to have a good look! Today somebody did have that moment on the bridge from the car park to the TPT, great stuff! I've quickly had a look...
  • Blog Post: Three Black Terns!

    Hello, another glorious day to be out and about and at Old Moor in particular this afternoon when 3 black terns decided to pay us a visit! As of when I rang up for the sightings, they were still there. They can be seen on the Mere from the Family Hide. Terns are such beautiful birds and I could watch...
  • Blog Post: Shrews! - Sightings, 22 April

    Hi Folks! It was another lovely day in the Dearne Valley today and, at one point, the thermometer read nineteen degrees. I confidently expect some local newspaper to run a “phew, wotta scorcher (for April)” headline tomorrow. Needless to say, with all that sunshine there were plenty of visitors...
  • Blog Post: Such Wonderful Weather!

    Hello, don't you think that the weather been amazing?! What an absolutely glorious day to be out and about and especially if you were at Old Moor today. Many thanks to everyone who put sightings in the book, it's pretty full! I spent a lovely couple of hours there in the evening sunshine and...
  • Blog Post: Getting the bug – Sightings, 20 April

    Hi Folks! I missed you yesterday. Sorry about that and I may only say in my defence that it was a family do. So tonight, by way of an apology, I shall update you with both the salient points of yesterday’s sightings and the news from today. So, Sunday’s sightings included a full list from...
  • Blog Post: Cootlets!

    Hello, my turn to do the sightings today and I'd like to say a big thank you to Andrew who has been blogging this week whilst I've been away in a wonderfully sunny Northumberland! So on to the sightings and we have 'cootlets' and mallard ducklings today! I was told of around 12 mallard...
  • Blog Post: Scratchy's back! - Sightings, 16 April

    Hi Folks! Nesting is well under way all over the place at the moment and to date the oddest one I’ve seen is a robin’s nest in a trilby hat and scarf, on a coat rack in a garden centre! BBC Points West covered the story a few days ago but it can also be found online. If you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Weather - Sightings, 14 April.

    Hi Folks! Have you heard of the phenomenon of ‘weekend weather’? This is a known meteorological term for patterns of weekend disappointment in urban areas. The idea is that during the working week the weather is fantastic and then, at the weekend, things switch around. Today, feeling a little...
  • Blog Post: Velvet Missiles - Sightings, 13 April.

    Hi Folks! Another beautiful spring day in the Dearne Valley say plenty of visitors to Old Moor and its satellite reserves. I dropped in for a few hours this afternoon and was very glad I did: the reedbed pools looked almost black in the sunshine, a perfect contrast to the golden reeds. Blossom was everywhere...
  • Blog Post: Wibbily Wobbly Timey-Wimey – Sightings, 12 April

    Hi Folks! ‘Today’s blog was delayed by twenty-four hours but, well, better late than never! I say ‘today’ of course but I am writing this tomorrow or today for yesterday. I know, I know, I can hear a few heads being scratched there so I’ll explain. This blog is for sightings...
  • Blog Post: 'And we're off!' - sightings, 11 April.

    Hi Folks! Yes, I’m back from a brief holiday Pembrokeshire and of course made for my favourite reserve as soon as I’d unpacked! It looks like the Dearne Valley has been just as busy as Wales and after a slow (and cold) start, Nature has ‘fired the starting pistol’ and 'spring...
  • Blog Post: (Very Late) Sightings for 9th April

    Hello everyone, With Andrew and Nicola enjoying a well earned break, bringing you the sightings fell to my good self but sadly in the excitement of clearing up paint from very many creative children yesterday I forgot to get the details from the book. So many apologies and here they are: In the...
  • Blog Post: From the book...

    Hello, it's that sightings blog time once more and today they are from the book. I had a quick visit this afternoon, just in time to have a coffee and take a photo of the sightings! Let's start in the bird garden where there were chaffinches, goldfinches, bullfinches, greenfinches, mallards...
  • Blog Post: Snake's Head Fritillary...

    Hello, I hope the title has grabbed your attention! Either you know what it is or you're thinking something like - eh?! When I first read this I thought it was some sort of 7th April fool, especially as we had a 'red herring' pelican in the book today! But no, it isn't a rare butterfly...
  • Blog Post: All of a flutter...

    Hello, it's been another stunning day in the Dearne Valley and Old Moor was once again packed to the rafters, or the open air, or something! There have been many first time visitors to Old Moor so we hope you all had a lovely time in the sunshine and do come back for more... :) I didn't really...
  • Blog Post: 'Lepus paschas' - Sightings, 5 April.

    Hi Folks! Blimey it was a busy one today in the Dearne Valley. The spring sun shone and finding a parking space was more like the final stage of Tetris than motoring! I am very pleased to say that so many folks managed to get out and enjoy a proper spring day, perhaps our first really warm one. On...
  • Blog Post: A lovely day...

    Hello, I've had a lovely day, most of which has been spent at Old Moor where there was a period of lovely warm sunshine in the late afternoon....just perfect for kingfisher spotting from the reedbed screen! And yes, another sighting from here today, not by me but hopefully a photo might appear before...
  • Blog Post: Good Friday..

    Hello, it's been the usual sort of Bank Holiday weather but there is quite a lot to report! The sightings are from the book today... Old Moor in various places – 2 little egrets, 4 avocets, a green sandpiper, 5 redshank, 8 oystercatcher, 5 sand martins and 6 snipe. Wath Ings – 6...
  • Blog Post: The Return of the King!

    Hello, I'm sure that you can probably guess one of the reports from today at Old Moor from the title.....but more of that a bit later :) I spent a lovely couple of hours at OM today in the late afternoon sunshine. I don't remember the forecast being this good and it was most definitely warm...
  • Blog Post: No Fooling - Sightings, 1 April.

    Hi Folks! Like Nicola last night, I too am glad that we are back up and running! I'm sorry we went 'off the air' so abruptly, apparently we are having some work done. Today was a squally, sunny one and the first of the new month certainly brought the famed April showers. Not that it dampened...
  • Blog Post: Hooray, we're back!

    Hello, we're back! The community site has undergone maintenance and looks pretty good I reckon and so here's the first sightings blog for a few days... :) In the bird garden we had all the usual birds which today included a great spotted woodpecker and those lovely long tailed tits. On...
  • Blog Post: 'An Early Lifesaver' - Sightings, 23 Mar.

    Hi Folks! It was a day of contrasts today in the Dearne. This morning and this evening the sun shone beautifully but the middle of the day was overcast just as forecasters predicted. As always, there was much to be seen but before I get to the fauna, time for a little detour into the flora. Have you...
  • Blog Post: "Bellowings" - Sightings, 22 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Wasn’t today glorious? The sun shone and the wildlife shook off the last vestiges of winter making the Dearne Valley positively hum with spring activity. Needless to say, Old Moor’s car park burst its banks and I am happy to report there were tons of folk, of all ages, out enjoying...