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  • Blog Post: Squeals - Sightings, 14 Feb

    Hi Folks! It was perhaps a bit too chilly for love to be in the air in the Dearne Valley today; the thermometer hardly rose above 3°C, even though it was bright and sunny for most of the day. Nevertheless, the hardy (and well-insulated) visitors made full use of all that sunshine. In fact, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Friday the 12th of Feb & the Sightings

    Hello, it's time for the Friday sightings from the book from Old Moor today. I'll start again with the good news that the bearded tits have been seen today! 3 of them were seen in the reedbeds at about 11.45pm and then there was a further sighting of one from the reedbed screen at 12.45pm...
  • Blog Post: An extra one...or maybe more?!

    Hello, my title refers to the news that today we had at least 5 bearded tits in the reedbeds, 3 males and 2 females. That in itself is wonderful news but there's more! It seems that at around the time they were seen on reedbed 5 by some of our staff, another 2 were seen between the reedbed screen...
  • Blog Post: On the Spot - Sightings, 10 Feb.

    Hi Folks! As promised by the forecasters, it was a bright, sunny day in the Dearne Valley today and there was, as ever, plenty to see. Don’t just take my word for that, one look at Old Moor’s car park would tell you that there were tons of visitors today all enjoying the late winter sunshine...
  • Blog Post: From Twitter - Sightings 9th Feb

    Hello, as you may have gathered from the title, I only have sightings from Twitter for you today as I didn't get back from work in time to ring up. Thanks go to the Barnsley Birders (@Barnsleybsg) for the sightings + a few others! So off we go... First thing this morning we had sightings...
  • Blog Post: Shifts - Sightings, 8 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Lots of showers today in the Dearne Valley and the odd appearance of sunshine – or maybe I imagined that. As a result the sightings have been a little sporadic today but I’ll do my best to sort it out for you. Starting at Wombwell Ings , today there were two little egret, two...
  • Blog Post: Kortnebbgås - Sightings, 7 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Today began with the news that THEY have been seen again... - the beardies of course! This is great news especially as it has now been twenty days since they were first reported. Today’s sighting was of two birds in the reedbeds at Old Moor but the sexes of the birds were not mentioned...
  • Blog Post: Red-Necked Grebe!

    Hello! The exciting news from Old Moor today is that a red-necked grebe arrived on the Mere. The last time we had a visit from a red-necked grebe was in 1995! From Tom Hibber t via Twitter we have the following quote - ' I think extent of yellow on bill, along with remnants of facial stripe suggest...
  • Blog Post: 4th of Feb - Sightings

    Hello, I'll launch straight in with the news that we still have bearded tits at Old Moor! Two of them were seen twice (I think) from the reedbed screen today as well as being heard from there too. Good news indeed! There is another sighting in the book from the reedbed screen but I'm struggling...
  • Blog Post: Everyday - Sightings, 3 February.

    Hi Folks! It was a sunny one today in the Dearne Valley and there was just enough light at either end of the day to appreciate some of the local flora. Snowdrops aplenty now but also daffs – not the fancier varieties yet, just the cookers – but still very welcome. I wasn’t the only...
  • Blog Post: Longer days already...

    Hello! Have you noticed the slightly lighter earlier/lighter later days? It's still lightish now at around 5.10pm....soon be spring :) No visit to Old Moor for me today so the sightings are just from the book. On the Mere today we had 7 goldeneye, gadwall, cormorants, common gulls, wigeon and...
  • Blog Post: "Fresh" - Sightings, 1 Feb

    Hi Folks! February began with a bright but very windy day. The Met Office clocked the wind speed at gusting around 60 km/h. That’s the kind of gusts that gives us a check as we walk and causes a fair amount of disruption. In this weather smaller birds took shelter where they could and only left...
  • Blog Post: January's End - Sightings, 31 Jan.

    Hi Folks! It was another busy day in the Dearne Valley even though the weather was a bit ‘less than completely sunny’ for much of the day. But before I give you today’s details, first a bit of feedback from some younger visitors. Sophie , aged 10, and Chloe , aged 8, visited Old Moor...
  • Blog Post: And the Good News is....

    That two bearded tits were first of all heard and then seen by our warden Dave this morning. He saw them from the reedbed screen at around 7.45am and he also gave us sightings of 4 water rail, 2 barn owls and 3 Cetti's warblers. Further sightings of birds leaving the roost this morning via Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 29th Jan

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book from Old Moor today. A bit short and sweet as the saying goes... In the bird garden there were sightings of siskin, long tailed tits, redpoll, chaffinches, goldfinches, bullfinches, blue tits, great tits, blackbirds, robins, a wren and a kingfisher on the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - 28th Jan

    Hello, it's blog time once again and thanks to all of you lovely people that record your sightings in the book. If you're not sure where it is then look to your left as you come in through the main door of the visitor centre. It's on the shelf there underneath the blackboards with sightings...
  • Blog Post: Favourite – Sightings, 27 Jan.

    Hi Folks! What’s your favourite favourite? I guess we all have a favourite season, perhaps month and certainly celebration, anniversary or day but what about a favourite hour? Well, it just so happens that one of my favourite hours is fast approaching. After all, this coming weekend is the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - 26th January

    Hello again, my turn today to bring you the sightings blog. No news on the bearded tits today but as we've said before, it doesn't necessarily mean they have left Old Moor. On Wath Ings today we have sightings of teal, shoveler, lapwing, ruff and snipe. The snipe are so well camouflaged there...
  • Blog Post: Warmish - Sightings, 25 Jan.

    Hi Folks! Not ones to hang about, the great tits of Old Moor decided, after yesterday’s bout of spring singing, that the continued mild weather meant it was time to investigate the reserve’s nest boxes. I saw several such surveys today and the blue tits were at it an all. I mean we all know...
  • Blog Post: Springish - Sightings, 24 Jan.

    Hi Folks! The lanes of Old Moor resounded with cries of ‘”Tea-cher, tea-cher!” today as the great tits revved up and began to herald in the Spring! Cloudy and mild with the thermometer at fourteen degrees Celsius, you could forgive the birds’ mistake. The date is 24 January right...
  • Blog Post: Short.... Sightings 22nd Jan

    Hello, I've just rung up for the sightings and they are brief to say the least! There haven't been any sightings or hearings of the bearded tits today. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are no longer at Old Moor but time will tell. Fingers and everything else crossed. EDIT: Yippee...
  • Blog Post: Beardies Still - 21st Jan

    Hello, the good news today is that the bearded tits are still at Old Moor! They were heard 'pinging' away in the reedbeds this morning and have been seen from around the reedbed screen this afternoon. They were first seen around 12.15pm and then intermittently after that. Their call is very distinctive...
  • Blog Post: True Grit – Sightings, 20 Jan

    Hi Folks! Before I get onto the “ beardie news ” from the day (which by the way, does not just mean "written by me"), here’s our other sightings. Early this morning Adam Hutt reported ‘three plus’ Cetti’s warblers from the Reedbed Hide with another one by...
  • Blog Post: Good News! Bearded Tits Again Today!

    Hello! The wonderful news from Old Moor today is that the bearded tits were once again seen in the reedbeds. They made us wait until around 4pm however when our warden Dave saw two males. A further sighting a bit later was of two males and one female. I'm sure you'll agree, excellent news! The...
  • Blog Post: Beardies! - Sightings, 18 January.

    Hi Folks! Nicola and I record the bird news from the Dearne Valley in this blog pretty much daily and this afternoon when I set off to Old Moor imagining it was ‘business as usual’. How wrong I was! Thinking, 'I have loads of great photos for tonight’s blog,' I didn’t...