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  • Blog Post: A young 'un! - Sightings, 27 July.

    Hi Folks! First of all tonight my hearty congratulations to the one hundred or so people today who braved the (frankly appalling) July weather in order to enjoy a bit of wildlife watching at Old Moor. Excellent work there all! Sadly, conditions did not make it easy to see very much but we do have...
  • Blog Post: Audible Shorts – Sightings, 26 July.

    Hi Folks! If Mary Shelley had been into birding then this afternoon at Old Moor would have been right up her street. Although the morning was pleasant enough – well, dry at least – the afternoon cast a Gothic gloom over our favourite RSPB reserve. As I was walking by the wildlife ponds...
  • Blog Post: Night Heron!

    Wow, another wonderful bird was seen here this afternoon, a night heron! And I was there! I was watching the wren family (very sweet) to the right of Wath Ings when it was flying and it was called from the other end of the hide. I quickly went there and managed a 'sort of pic.' To start...
  • Blog Post: 23rd July & The Sightings

    Hello, my turn today. I've spent a few hours at Old Moor today but left about 3pm, so apologies if you wrote in the book after that time, they won't be in this blog.... In every hide I went into today there was talk of the weather at some point. A general feeling was no more wind or grey clouds...
  • Blog Post: X Marks the Spot! - Sightings, 22 July.

    Hi Folks! As all avid readers know, the school holidays are when adventures happen; when a plucky band of youngsters stumble across “a clue” and are not daunted by the dismissive explanations of their parents or the adults around them. They are not put off and must get to the bottom of the...
  • Blog Post: Peeps and Squeals - Sightings, 20 July.

    Hi Folks! A diminutive Spiderman played beneath the willow acrobats as I walked onto the reserve today. There was no impending peril, it was simply a reminder of the start of the school holidays and thankfully, this miniature superhero had clearly abandoned web-slinging for wildlife watching carrying...
  • Blog Post: On Sands – Sightings, 19 July.

    Hi Folks! By the time Old Moor was open, it was another gloriously sunny one. Yes, the ground may have been a bit moist but that soon dried off and the sheer number of visitors today showed they were not to be daunted by that! My title today? Well, there do seem to be a number of ‘sands’...
  • Blog Post: Today at Old Moor....

    Hello, it's been quite an exciting day today with lots to see! No little bittern sighting that I know of today however.... We had a very gorgeous bird seen from the Field Pool West hide today, a male redstart. I got a few brief views of it as it flitted and landed to the right of the hide. It's...
  • Blog Post: From Twitter....

    Hello, I'm afraid I don't have the sightings from the book today so everything here has been gleaned from Twitter and the Barnsley Birders. If you've visited today and you fancy letting us know what you saw then please do leave a comment! On Wath Ings today were green and wood sandpipers...
  • Blog Post: Three Flights!

    Hello, the title today refers to the little bittern. The great news is that it's been seen 3 times that I know of so far. The first was a short flight over the reedbeds in the late morning. The second was another short flight early this afternoon and finally seen again around 2pm....fab news! ...
  • Blog Post: Banded Dems and Wood Sand - Sightings, 15 July.

    Evening folks! It was another warm one today in the Dearne Valley. Grasses rustled and cracked in the heat and visitors moved at a gentle pace. There was only a light breeze which of course was perfect for all flying insects including the darters, hawkers and damselflies. Once again the little bittern...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Again!

    Hello, the fantastic news is that the little bittern has been seen again at Old Moor today! It was seen from the monitoring hide as it flew across the reedbeds and landed near the cuckoo tree. There are no further sightings as yet today but here's hoping it stays for a while again. :) From Wath...
  • Blog Post: Of Darters and GBBG - Sightings, 13 July.

    Hi Folks! Fresh from a weekend in Somerset, I note that there is quite a bit to report today so I shall plough straight in. Top of everyone’s recent list has been the little bittern and our sightings book contained a note that on Saturday 11 July ‘a’ little bittern was reported at...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 9th July

    Hello, moi encore....the excellent news is that the little bittern is still at Old Moor! At 7:05am it flew from the reedbeds and over the bittern hide. Then at 7:35 it flew on to the Mere. Then at 12:30pm it was reported flying over the bittern hide again...not quite sure in which direction though. As...
  • Blog Post: Slightly Bedraggled - Sightings, 8 July.

    Hi Folks! Maybe it was the overcast gloom or the forecast of rain but visitors and sightings were in short supply today at Old Moor. I arrived after work to find only two entries in the sightings book. So, on your behalf, I set off in the drizzle for the Bittern Hide to see what might be seen. There...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern & American Wigeon Still!

    Hello! The good news is that we still have the little bittern and the American wigeon at Old Moor today! The little bittern wasn't seen until around 2:55 pm when it had a short flight over the reedbeds, but it's still with us. That makes it a whole week so far! Here's a photo from Peter...
  • Blog Post: Of Little Bittern, Bittern and Wasp Builders, 6 June

    Hi Folks! A beautiful morning gave way to a dreary afternoon but, in sun or rain, watchers were out in force at Old Moor today. In fact, the car park had burst its banks by nine or so this morning! What was all the fuss about? Yes, well 'bittern fever' continues to grip most visitors to the...
  • Blog Post: “Half a heron” – Sightings, 5 June

    Hi Folks! The little bittern sightings continue as the bird seems to be making itself at home at Old Moor - and who wouldn’t? This morning, at 6.50am many visitors had truly excellent views as the bittern flew over the reedbeds in front of the Bittern Hide towards Bittern ‘Bus Stop’...
  • Blog Post: What a MEGA Day!

    Hello! Well I was going to go elsewhere today and not blog but after hearing all the news this morning I changed my plans. 'MEGA' is the birdy term for something very rare. The little bittern is a MEGA and we had another bird arrive today that is also a MEGA - a drake American wigeon. We also...
  • Blog Post: Little, Big, Kings and a bit of Humming!

    Hello again, it's been another exciting day sightings at Old Moor. As you can no doubt work out from the title, we've had sightings of the little bittern, bittern, kingfishers and a humming bird hawk moth today!...and a few other things too... I'll start with our ' mega' visitor...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Still...

    Hello! The exciting news in the sightings today is that the little bittern is still at Old Moor! It was seen several times very early this morning with fewer sightings during the day....8.15am, and 11am with no further sighting that I know of as yet today. Adam Hutt took this photo of it this morning...
  • Blog Post: All Bitterns Great and Small, Sightings 1 July.

    Hi Folks! Another exciting day of bittern watching and, in what promises to be my shortest blog entry ever, the news from the sightings book is that a bittern ( Botaurus stellaris ) was seen flying over the reedbeds at 13.02 today. The little bittern, ( Ixobrychus minutus ) has also been seen flying...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern!

    Hello, what a lovely day it's been today and I'm sure that all of you who were lucky enough to get to OM today will have had a wonderful time in the sunshine. T he MASSIVE news today is that a little bittern has been seen once in flight in an area with no public access. There is special monitored...
  • Blog Post: Ice Cream and Sightings, 29 June.

    Hi Folks! With the forecast heatwave building nicely and some very welcome sunshine, there was a languid atmosphere today at Old Moor. Rather than bustle from hide to hide, visitors stopped to chat and the main topic was this ‘beautiful day’. Bird song mingled with the distant chimes of ice...
  • Blog Post: Bugs and Roses - Sightings, 28 June.

    Hi Folks! Well, it turned out warm and sunny in the end just as predicted by those nice people at the Met Office. As I left Old Moor this afternoon, the car park was just filling nicely and it was heartening to see so many people enjoying the sights. Starting at Adwick Washland , today there were...