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  • Blog Post: Sightings via Twitter - June 28th

    Hello again, I'm afraid I don't have the sightings from the book for you as I didn't have time to ring up today. So the sightings I do have are solely taken from Twitter. There is good news in that the little bittern has been seen today. After a day of no sightings it was heard barking...
  • Blog Post: Another First - Sightings, 27 June

    Hi Folks! It was another great day in the Dearne Valley today. When I got to Old Moor, I headed straight for the Bittern Hide to pick up the latest news. It was great to see the place was packed with visitors all eager to catch a glimpse of those bitterns. The atmosphere in the hide was one of quiet...
  • Blog Post: Gathering Wits - Sightings, 26 June

    Hi Folks! Raincoat? No, shorts. Thick jumper? Maybe just a T-shirt. I dunno. Perhaps, all of the above… just in case. This June seems to want it all! I mean yesterday some of us had hail for goodness sake. And speaking of having it all, our favourite wildlife reserves had a veritable smorgasbord...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 24th June

    Hello! Thanks go to Andrew for sending the sightings my way this eve. I'll start with Twitter this eve. From the Barnsley Birders (@Barnsleybsg) we have sightings of - the little bittern, great bittern, a marsh harrier which later became 2 marsh harriers at Bolton, 2 little egrets and 2 wigeon...
  • Blog Post: And there were six..... Sightings 23rd June

    Hello again, my title refers to the fact that there are only six sightings in the book today. Good stuff though! The little bittern was barking from around the wildlife ponds this morning at 10.15am. Chris Harris has just tweeted that he’s just had stunning views of the little bittern in the...
  • Blog Post: Hobby - Sightings, 22 June

    Hi Folks! Apparently it was quite a nice one out there in the Dearne Valley today with some pretty bright and warm periods. Sadly, this didn’t entice the little bittern to show himself at Old Moor despite a determined number of watchers scouring the reedbeds for some sign of his whereabouts. ...
  • Blog Post: No Sight or Sound....

    No sight or sound of the little bittern today as of me typing this. It doesn't necessarily mean it isn't at Old Moor, but time will tell. Hello by the way :) There have however been plenty of sightings of our bitterns ! In short, reedbeds, Bolton Ings, flying, Bittern Hide and also from...
  • Blog Post: Midsummer - Sightings, 20 June

    Hi Folks! This being a leap year, today is in fact the summer solstice and not tomorrow. You could have been forgiven for not remembering that amid this morning’s gloom but then, as I write this, the sun is shining and, well, it does in fact feel like summer! I took a short wander around Old...
  • Blog Post: “Back” – Sightings, 19 June

    Hi Folks! It was another great day in the Dearne Valley and, as ever, there was much to be enjoyed. The extended opening hours at Old Moor clearly meant that many who hadn’t yet had the chance to see the little bittern, could get in early at a time when the bird has been very active. They weren’t...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Still.... Sightings 17th June

    Hello again, it's Friday! The good news is that the little bittern has been seen again today. From Chris Harris on Twitter we have the following info, thanks Chris. It showed very well for 5 mins in willow behind the Bittern Hide and then it flew out of view. This was around 3.30pm. Also via...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - 16th June

    Hello, the sightings today are from the book and there's not very much in it today. Seen from the Bittern Hide today were reed warbler and reed bunting. A female bittern was seen from the bittern bus stop . From the Wader Scrape there were sightings of avocet, med gull and the shelduck family...
  • Blog Post: Little and Large – Sightings, 15 June.

    Hi Folks! A late burst of sunshine shone this afternoon as I headed home (via Old Moor of course) and with it came some great sightings from our favourite reserves. First a quick catch-up from Adwick Washland courtesy of Jeff Wragg on Twitter (@Barnsleybsg). At dusk yesterday were two little egret...
  • Blog Post: Bits & Bobs & Sightings - 16th June

    Hello again! My turn to bring the news from Old Moor today. First of all a couple of 'bits.' Karen from our wardening team has asked me to pass on thanks to all who have kindly volunteered time in the monitoring hide. The bittern monitoring rota is now full for the foreseeable future and monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Puddles – Sightings, 13 June

    Hi Folks! The morning might have been a little damp, especially after the deluge of last night, but it turned out that there were bigger things to worry about than puddles! Or should that be 'littler'? The first report from the Dearne Valley that I picked up this morning worryingly said that...
  • Blog Post: Just Brilliant! – Sightings, 12 June.

    Hi Folks! Have you ever seen one of those time lapse videos of train stations where everything is speeded up? You know the ones, the train pulls in and everyone speedily gets off with legs moving comically five times as fast as normal. Then, just as quickly, departing passengers get on and before you...
  • Blog Post: Another First!

    Hello, Friday already, although quite a damp, humid one where I have been today. We have another first for you today. Heather, one of our wardens, tweeted that yesterday a hairy dragonfly was found on the pond near the hopscotch by Gary Taylor(@GT1366). If you are thinking (like me) that you'd quite...
  • Blog Post: No Book - Sightings 9th June

    Hello again, unfortunately I don't seem to be able to access my RSPB email at the moment so I have no sightings from the book to give. What I have is via Twitter. Early on at Old Moor today we had sightings of - the little bittern, a great bittern, 8 avocet, 9 teal and a garden warbler. From...
  • Blog Post: Batty and Barking! – Sightings, 8 June.

    Hi Folks! I think my neighbours must think I’m barking! Picture the scene – very early this morning and barely dressed, an unshaven RSPB blogger runs around his garden, waving his arms about in an attempt to scare off a queue of magpies! You see, the blue tits who have been working so hard...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Again - Sightings 7th June

    Hello again! We have more news re the little bittern again. Today it has been seen and heard quite a few times. Early this morning it was seen, and also heard 'barking,' in the ponds behind the bittern hide. Yesterday it was also around this area being heard and seen. Tim Jones heard it...
  • Blog Post: What’s in a name? – Sightings, 6 June.

    Hi Folks! “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet,” mused Shakespeare's Juliet and, do you know what? - she had a good point. Today I spent a fair amount of time in the Bittern Hide (no, I didn’t see ‘it’) and enjoyed the trouble that some...
  • Blog Post: Of Bitterns Great and Small - Sightings, 5 June

    Hi Folks! It was standing room only in the Bittern Hide today and, with the warm weather outside, the temperature inside hit the high twenties. Even with all the windows open, that’s a bit toastie! The emotional temperature was far higher of course. In fact, you could probably have run a couple...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern - 4th June

    Hello! Well, I did say I wasn't going to do a blog until next Tuesday, but with the MEGA news today of the arrival of a little bittern I thought I would! It's been out on our Facebook and Twitter pages but for those of you who don't do either, then here is the info so far. Early this morning...
  • Blog Post: Can it really be June? - Sightings 2nd June

    Hello, it's a glorious evening where I am right now but earlier today was cold, grey and windy. Yesterday when I was at Old Moor I had hat, gloves, 2 jumpers and my big fleece on.... I was out and about today and someone asked me, 'Can in really be June?'... He then went on to say that...
  • Blog Post: Selective Memory – Sightings, 1 June.

    Hi Folks! If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard the phrase ‘Flaming June’ today… well, I’d have three pence at least. The trouble is, we make it to the first of June and think, “Great, that’s it, summer weather now, abandon those jackets and dust down the...
  • Blog Post: Early Doors... Sightings 31st May

    Hello, time for the Tuesday sightings once more, they are from the book- no visit from me today sadly. From the Family Hide today we have sightings of sedge warbler, sand martins, house martins, swallows and swifts. All the hirundines, very nice too :) Nicola's (very un-technical) guide to...