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  • Blog Post: January 27th & the Sightings...

    Hello, it's my turn today to bring you the sightings and they are from the book. The tree sparrow farm has once again been very busy with many hungry birds feeding all day. The sightings from here today were of yellowhammer, reed buntings, bullfinches, redwing, song thrush, tree sparrows, great...
  • Blog Post: Boom Boom Boom – Sightings 26 Jan.

    Hi Folks! The title? No, not Private Baldrick’s attempt at war poetry nor the catch phrase of a famous puppet (whatever happened to Basil? He must be the oldest fox in show business by now). No, my title comes from a cracking day at Old Moor . Yes, it was overcast with only the merest hint of sunshine...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sunday and the Sightings...

    Hello, I had a short visit to Old Moor this aft and had a lovely wander down to the reedbed screen in the sunshine. I was hoping to see a water rail but didn't manage it. Instead I bumped into a couple of friends that I hadn't seen for a while, it was lovely to see them both and hear how much...
  • Blog Post: Planets and Pintails - Sightings, 24 Jan.

    Hi Folks! What a day it’s been at Old Moor today. The reserve was very busy indeed – probably in part due to it being the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend but also because the sun shone and at times it almost felt – well, spring-like. Speaking of the Big Garden Birdwatch , I note that...
  • Blog Post: Friday 23rd January & The Sightings...

    Hello, my turn today and the sightings are from the book, thanks go to Craig for emailing them to me :) I'll start in the bird garden where there were sightings of pheasants, blackbirds, robins, greenfinches, goldfinches, long tailed tits, dunnocks, collared doves, wood pigeons, bullfinches, great...
  • Blog Post: A White One - Sightings, 21 Jan.

    Hi Folks! Well, you hardly need a weather summary from me tonight. Needless to say, it was a white one with the snow overnight making it all the more important to keep those bird feeders topped up. There’s no doubt that tonight will test the mettle of all our wildlife. Before I go on, thanks...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings - 20th January....

    Hello, it's the 20th of January already.... soon it'll be back to 5pm opening in February! The sightings are from the book today - thank you Craig. From the Wader Scrape there were sightings of shoveler, wigeon, teal, pochard, gadwall, tufted ducks, 8 goosander and a goldeneye. On the...
  • Blog Post: Crepuscular Chorus - Sightings 19 Jan.

    Hi Folks! Cloudy but dry mostly sums up today oh, and quite nippy! Mind you, towards end of the afternoon, the sun did break through and we had an hour of the most beautiful pearlescent light by which we could appreciate some of the last sightings of the day. Speaking of which, on with those sightings...
  • Blog Post: Mercurial Puddles - Sightings, 18 Jan.

    Hi folks! It was another magical day in the Dearne where puddles were made mercurial with ice and loops of trapped air and each step echoed with the snap and crunch of Jack Frost’s finest work. More than this, the sun shone in a (nearly) cloudless sky and visitors were treated to some of the best...
  • Blog Post: No snow....

    Hello, there wasn't any snow at Old Moor today by the time I left at about 2.30pm.... I did have a bit of a snowy drive back home however! I spent a couple of hours or so at OM today & really enjoyed being out in the cold fresh air. There is a full book of sightings to bring to you all, so...
  • Blog Post: Brrrrrrr.....

    Hello, anyone else feeling a bit 'Brrrrrr,' today? Just before the sightings here's a reminder that we have a fab stargazing event coming up on January 24th - Planets & Pintails! The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is also coming up - find out about it here ... Talking of which, I had...
  • Blog Post: Spot the Snipe - Sightings, 14 Jan.

    Hi Folks! Phew, just made it back across Doncaster in time to write up today’s sightings. Doncaster? Well, I was watching tonight’s murmuration since you ask and a cracking one it was too. In tonight’s starling repertoire were ‘a fish’, ‘a cloud’, ‘an oak’...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday the 13th.... Will there be more snow?

    Hello, the forecast is some snow this evening, there have been a few flurries where I've been today but nothing major....We will know come the morning! On to the sightings and today they are from the book, thank you Craig for emailing them to me. The bird garden is getting busier and busier...
  • Blog Post: A Jay's Memory - Sightings, 12 Jan.

    Hi Folks! Just how good is a jay’s memory? That was the question that occupied my mind on a very brief visit to Old Moor today. You see, while I was collecting the sightings, I thought I might have just enough time to walk to Wath Ings and back as indeed I did but, on the return journey, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Jackdaws bathing - Sightings, 11 Jan.

    Hi Folks! It was another surprising day in the Dearne where the forecast weather of “overcast gloom and frequent showers” really should have read “sun and brisk winds” for most of the day! Honestly, I’m going to stop looking soon. Fortunately, like me, many visitors took...
  • Blog Post: And There Was Some Sunshine!

    Hello, Old Moor has looked stunning in the sunshine today. Yes, it was VERY windy but the colours of the water and the reeds and the birds in the sunshine were amazing....a definite good sight for eyes that have been inside at work all week! So to the sightings....and I'll start in the very busy...
  • Blog Post: Friday Things......

    Hello, it's my turn again and thanks go to Andrew for being kind enough to send me a photo of the book so I can bring you the sightings today. But first! On January 24th, stargazing returns to Old Moor with 'Planets and Pintails.' These wonderful events are usually very busy, and you do...
  • Blog Post: Thursday Already?

    Hello, it's Thursday already, where has the week gone? Thank you for all the garden bird replies, how about your 'most unusual/gobsmacking sighting or happening' for comments today? Again, just in time for the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch! :) Mine was last year in my little back...
  • Blog Post: Cooperative Coots - Sightings 7 Jan.

    Hi Folks! There were plenty of visitors to Old Moor today but they were well wrapped up as defense against some pretty chill winds. As I wandered the reserve late this afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice that there’s been a bit of seasonal “wind pruning” around the place! Several...
  • Blog Post: Not from the book...

    Hello, my turn today and I'm afraid I don't have the sightings from the book today, so the sightings today are from the Barnsley Birders via Twitter. But before that, the sun came out this afternoon where I was and it seemed a lovely day, shame I was inside but that's work for you... then...
  • Blog Post: Remarkable Rail - Sightings, 5 Jan.

    Hi folks! Now before we go on, I must warn you that tonight’s sightings blog may feature another one of Mr L’s 'happy dances'. You can’t say you have not been warned. Have you ever felt misled by the Met Office? Yes, me too. Setting off this morning, I braced myself for a...
  • Blog Post: Frost and Philosophers - Sightings, 4 Dec.

    Hi Folks! Happy New Year! How are those lists going? I probably needn’t tell you that it was a bright if chill day today and a few intrepid souls even had to brave the overflow car park at Old Moor such was the demand for a bit of winter watching. Temperatures might have been low but spirits...
  • Blog Post: From the book today...

    Hello, as the title suggests, the sightings are from the book today! On Wath Ings there was a sighting of 16 snipe,. From the Wader Scrape there were sightings of 3 fieldfare, 1 sparrowhawk, 12 goosander, a goldeneye and gadwall. The car park feeders were once again very busy with sightings...
  • Blog Post: Very windy....

    Hello, as the title says, it was very windy at Old Moor today. 'Old Moor on sea,' even as we had waves! But wow, what a wonderful colour the water was today in the sunshine! Such a deep blue and gorgeous golden reeds, very stunning indeedy! So on to the sightings for today, from me and...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year 2015!

    Hello, and a big Happy New Year from everyone at Old Moor. Thank you for all the comments & photos & extra sightings you gave us in 2014... Long may it continue into 2015! We weren't going to blog today but I decided to sneak one in because there have been so many fab pics lately! The...