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  • Blog Post: Sunny Sightings - 26th August

    Hello! What a fabulous day at Old Moor I've had. I got there early doors and left around 5pm. The reserve was pretty busy today with lots of families enjoying the 'Free Friday' today. That's free entry for children on Fridays during the school holidays. Early doors at OM was a magical...
  • Blog Post: Soggy Sightings

    A fairly dull start weather wise today but when I arrived at Old Moor around 2pm the heavens opened and it just poured – what a soggy afternoon. We made it to the Tree Sparrow Farm before the real downpour started and it was lovely to see lots of smaller birds around. Sightings from the...
  • Blog Post: Warming Up Nicely - Sightings, 24 Aug.

    Hi Folks! It was another glorious sunny one in the Dearne Valley today with acres of sunshine and hardly a breath of a breeze. Ice-cream sales were through the roof and I’m very glad to say that Old Moor was very, very busy. Visitors today included a very enthusiastic group from Wetherby U3A ....
  • Blog Post: Another warm one...

    Another warm day at Old Moor with temperatures reaching the mid to high twenties today. I do think if someone from the VC did an ice cream run with a tray like they used to have in the interval at the ‘pictures’ (showing my age now!) they would make a fortune Ha! Sightings from the book...
  • Blog Post: Swanage - Sightings, 22 August.

    Hi Folks! Those warm but blustery winds are still with us and sunshine was a bit rationed today. Still, that didn’t stop many visitors from exploring Old Moor and the other reserves in the Dearne Valley. I almost forgot to tell you that wandering Old Moor yesterday, I noticed that there were...
  • Blog Post: Feast – Sightings, 21 Aug.

    Hi Folks! I may have mentioned before that a blustery day is a day of spectacle. Today the sun shone for the most part along the Dearne Valley but the winds blew. The reedbeds were at sea and clouds of all colours scudded across the sky. My watching began with a stint in the Reedbed Hide at precisely...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a day makes

    The weather today has been so different to the last few days – misty, damp and frequent rain showers. There were still a few hardy souls around the reserve but on the whole it was fairly quiet. Sightings from the book are: Wath Ings : Golden Plover Wader Scrape : Snipe, Green and common...
  • Blog Post: Another warm afternoon

    Another dull start to the day but the sun shone this afternoon and it was another really warm one! From the sightings book today: Wath Ings : Reed Warbler, Garganey, Bittern, Heron 5, Hobby & Sparrowhawk, Lapwings Wader Scrape: Green Sandpiper 3, Common Sandpiper 2, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier...
  • Blog Post: Sans Wood? - Sightings, 17 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Phew, another pretty warm day out there and one that began with some mist that quickly burned away to reveal a truly beautiful summer’s afternoon. The early birders at Old Moor this morning recorded thirty-five or more little egret, seven green sandpipers, three common sandpipers,...
  • Blog Post: A day of fleeting glimpses

    I’ve only been away for a week but feel like I’ve missed so much! Thank you to Nicola for keeping us all up to date with Little Stint, Osprey and Egrets. Today has been a wonderfully sunny one at Old Moor and the reserve seemed vibrant and full of visitors. Sightings from the book are...
  • Blog Post: As Hot as the Adriatic – Sightings, 15 August

    Hi Folks! Fresh from my gallivanting, I visited Old Moor today to find an eerie silence had descended in my absence. Well, not complete silence since there were all the usual collection of summer contact calls and the cutesy pipings of the lapwings but something else was missing. It took me a few...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - Saturday the 13th August

    Hello, time for those sightings again. I spent quite a bit of the day at Old Moor and, much to my surprise, there was quite a bit of sunshine! I'm going to start with one of the highlights of my visit today. I love terns and today there was an adult and a juv common tern that could be seen from...
  • Blog Post: Little Egrets, Another Success Story for the Dearne Valley!

    Hello! I just had to blog this morning with some brilliant news about little egrets in the Dearne Valley. Last Tuesday, 9th Aug, we had a record breaking roost of 37 little egrets at Old Moor. Nigel Smith wrote about it in his blog on the Barnsley Bird Sightings blog site. It is well worth a read...
  • Blog Post: 9th August - Sightings & Little Stint Still

    Hello, it's been a bit of a 'changeable & chillyish' day at Old Moor today. I was there until around 1pm and so this is a photo of the sightings book around this time. The little stint was still at OM and today it was being seen from the Wader Scrape. When I saw it, it was on the...
  • Blog Post: Highlights - Sat 6th Aug - Osprey!

    Hello! I wasn't going to do a blog today but as we had a visit from an osprey, then I thought I would do a quick 'highlights' blog. The osprey was spotted around 12.30pm from the hide at Wath Ings. As far as I know if caught a fish and then flew to Bolton. It may well be still in the area...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - Friday 5th August - Little Stint.

    Hello again, what a lovely day it has been today with many families on the reserve enjoying our wonderful nature! I spent the morning at Old Moor and it was sunny and not nearly as windy as it has been recently. In the school summer holidays every Friday is 'Free Friday.' That means free entry...
  • Blog Post: Bugs, bees, butterflies and bunnies …with a few birds thrown into the mix

    Quite a windy day at Old Moor today but lots to see and lots of visitors around too. Sightings noted in the book were: Wath Ings – Black tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper 4, a Common Tern and Juvenile and a Little Egret WaderScrape – Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper and...
  • Blog Post: Just Marvellous! - Sightings 3rd August

    Hello, my turn today and I spent quite a lot of the day at Old Moor, warm, very windy and marvellous! I started the day by seeing the opening of the moth trap by Heather, one of our wardens. I thought there were loads and loads but she assured me it was a normal count for this time of year. Here is...
  • Blog Post: What a peaceful start to the day - Sightings for 2nd August 2016

    What a peaceful start to the day. I wandered around Old Moor for a couple of hours 'early doors' this morning. It was incredibly calming with loads of birdsong and lots to look at on the way to the hides. I took a few photos of wildflowers and spider’s webs that caught my eye –...
  • Blog Post: Happy Yorkshire Day – Sightings, 1 August.

    Hi Folks! It’s August and finally a time of ease. After all the shenanigans of spring, August feels like the height of summer. In the human world at least, it’s time to take stock, to plan and maybe even have a rest. In the wild world, perhaps, not so much. There are late broods to be raised;...
  • Blog Post: 'Lucky' - Sightings, 31 July

    Hi Folks! I didn’t quite make it to Old Moor in time to see the participants of the Big Wild Sleepout assemble their bedrolls and leave the reserve, possibly rubbing bleary eyes, but I gather that the event was a huge success! They certainly had a wonderfully warm night for it. Not quite awake...
  • Blog Post: A bit of a washout! Sightings for Friday 29th July

    Well Old Moor Wetlands certainly lived up to its name today. It has absolutely poured at times, hence the sightings in the book are scarce and the photos are from previous days – apologies for a short blog post. In the book there was a Wood Sandpiper at Field Pool West hide and the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a day makes - Sightings for 28th July 2016

    Yesterday’s visit to Old Moor saw us looking for shade to eat our ice creams before they melted, today was ‘that fine rain that wets you through’ very overcast and damp this afternoon. The sightings from the book are: Waderscrape – 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sand Pipers 3...
  • Blog Post: Sleep Well - Sightings, 27 July.

    Hi Folks! Another gloriously sunny one in the Dearne Valley today. Sure it didn’t start that way but, by mid-morning, the clouds disappeared and the heat began to build. In short, it was a typical English summer’s day! At Adwick Washland today were two little egret, a green sandpiper and...
  • Blog Post: Waving hello from the substitute's bench - Sightings for Tuesday July 26th 2016

    Hi all, I’m Jane and I will be trying my best to blog in place of Nicola over the summer. I’m sure you will agree that she is a hard act to follow and I’d like to thank her for helping me to get started. I’m a keen amateur photographer and live very close to Old Moor, hence I’m...