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  • Blog Post: Hooray, we're back!

    Hello, we're back! The community site has undergone maintenance and looks pretty good I reckon and so here's the first sightings blog for a few days... :) In the bird garden we had all the usual birds which today included and great spotted woodpecker and those lovely long tailed tits. On...
  • Blog Post: 'An Early Lifesaver' - Sightings, 23 Mar.

    Hi Folks! It was a day of contrasts today in the Dearne. This morning and this evening the sun shone beautifully but the middle of the day was overcast just as forecasters predicted. As always, there was much to be seen but before I get to the fauna, time for a little detour into the flora. Have you...
  • Blog Post: "Bellowings" - Sightings, 22 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Wasn’t today glorious? The sun shone and the wildlife shook off the last vestiges of winter making the Dearne Valley positively hum with spring activity. Needless to say, Old Moor’s car park burst its banks and I am happy to report there were tons of folk, of all ages, out enjoying...
  • Blog Post: Bitter wind...

    It's been a dry but very chilly day at Old Moor with a bitter wind blowing into some of the hides...'shut that window' kind of day! Still lots to report however :) In the bird garden we had sightings of male and female bullfinches, goldfinches, yellowhammer, male and female greenfinches...
  • Blog Post: Eclipse Day...

    Hello, I do have the sightings from the book today so here goes... The bird garden had all the usual birds today but without a sighting of a willow tit or a great spotted woodpecker but then there was a lovely wren seen here today! But from Richard Tadman we have a lovely photo of a great spotted...
  • Blog Post: Apologies and sightings...

    Hello, many apologies for the lack of a blog yesterday, the sightings email got lost in 'cyberland'.... So, very quickly, here is the book from yesterday as a photo, if you click on it, it will enlarge for easier reading :) Enjoy the eclipse!
  • Blog Post: Hotter than the Indian Ocean - Sightings, 18 Mar.

    Hi Folks! This one’s a pretty tough blog to write after all the excitement of yesterday and the eighty-one whooper swans who dropped in for the day. What do you mean, “What swans?” I must refer you of course to Nicola’s excellent report here . I mean, how can we top that? We...
  • Blog Post: Whoop Whoop Whoopers!

    Hello, it's my turn to bring you the sightings today. I've just rung up for the sightings to be told that today there have been 81 whooper swans on the Wader Scrape. Whooper swans are one of my absolute favourite birds with their beautiful elegance and posture, their 'whooping' and...
  • Blog Post: 'Bombustic' Sightings, 16 Mar.

    Hi Folks! There was a fair bit of moisture around the Dearne Valley today and some of it was hail-shaped! Mind you, it did give me the chance to appreciate the white, star-shaped flowers of the Blackthorn ( Prunus spinosa ) that are out in full all around Old Moor. These always seem to catch any rain...
  • Blog Post: Brachydactyla - Sightings, 15 Mar.

    Hi Folks! It may have been overcast for most of the day but it was dry at least and there were plenty of watchers out and about, observing all that wonderful wildlife. My day began at Adwick Washland where there were dunlin, six avocet, kingfisher, chiffchaff, buzzard, wren, long-tailed tit, robin...
  • Blog Post: Chilly!

    Hello, it's been a bit of a chilly day today at Old Moor but the sun did come out for a little while this afternoon but it was a long way from the warmth and butterflies of last weekend. Still lots to report though :) Our lovely song thrush near the courtyard was merrily singing away for most...
  • Blog Post: Friday the 13th....

    Let's think of today's Friday 13th as Red Nose Day....especially if you were out in the chill this morning! Where I was there was quite a bit of snow and sleet with more forecast for tomorrow... So to the sightings which are from the book today. In the bird garden today were chaffinches...
  • Blog Post: Thursday 12th March and the sightings..

    Hello, it's my turn to bring you the sightings today and they are from the book. There are quite a few interesting entries in the book so off I go! I shall start on Wath Ings where today there was a sighting of a red kite which is great! You might know that there are many red kites around Harewood...
  • Blog Post: 'Two Halves' - Sightings, 11 Mar.

    Hi Folks! It was a day very much of two halves in the Dearne Valley today. This morning was sunny and warm and wonderful. This afternoon, well, just the wonderful bit! Before the sightings, richly deserved praise for those folk who had a go at the mystery bird from last time. It was indeed a dunnock...
  • Blog Post: A Wild One - Sightings, 9 Mar.

    Hi folks! Well, it was a wild one today just as those marvellous people at the Met Office told us it would be. Undaunted, there were watchers aplenty and some interesting sightings too! But before all that, I have a little challenge for you. Well, don’t get too excited but you know how I love...
  • Blog Post: 'In Parts' - Sightings, 8 Mar.

    Hi Folks! It was another great day at Old Moor and satellites full of wonderful sightings. The weather was great, then not, then great again. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it was a beautiful spring day – well, in parts. Now regular readers will know that I like to include ‘hearings’...
  • Blog Post: Lots & Lots & Lots....

    Hello! What a day it has been at Old Moor, my title no doubt gave away the fact that there's lots to tell about today. I shall begin at the end of the day which is also an explanation as to why the blog is a bit late. I spent an hour or so after closing in the bittern monitoring hide with Craig...
  • Blog Post: Down in One - Sightings, 6 Mar.

    Hi Folks! May I just take a moment to say ‘Pah!’ to the Met Office. I know, how ungrateful of me but then, I nearly didn’t turn out today given the weather forecast was so ‘grey’ for the Dearne Valley but I am so glad I did. Not only did the sun shine but it was warm too...
  • Blog Post: The day of no sightings!

    Hello, well not really but I'm afraid I don't have the sightings from the book today as I didn't get back from work in time to ring up, so, what to do? 1) ...no blog... 2) ..a 'sort of' blog.... I went for the 2nd one so if you visited today then we'd love to know what...
  • Blog Post: Double Figures - Sightings - 4 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Crikey, it’s Wednesday already. Today was pretty sunny in the Dearne but that chill wind was still there giving the lie to a thermometer that – wait for it – touched double figures! Not quite t-shirt and shorts yet but maybe this weekend eh? Thanks to Craig for sending...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings Today - 3rd March

    Hello, it's my turn today and the sightings are from the book. I'll start with Wombwell Ings where there were sightings of 2 oystercatcher, 2 shelduck, a kingfisher, golden plover and a little egret. Next it's the sightings from the Wader Scrape where 2 oystercatcher and 19 goosander...
  • Blog Post: Four seasons in one day - Sightings, 2 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Now normally I try to sum up the weather in the Dearne Valley in a line or two at the start of my blog but I have the feeling that I’d need several paragraphs today! Let’s just say it was “changeable” this morning and move on. Mind, this afternoon, well, the sun did...
  • Blog Post: March at last! - Sightings, 1 Mar.

    Hi folks! Welcome to the first sightings blog of March. I know that to scientific folk we have to wait twenty more days for the vernal equinox but to us gardeners the first of March is officially ‘spring’! The winter months have finally passed and now we can look forward to warmer, brighter...
  • Blog Post: It's Friday the 27th!

    It's nearly the end of February already ...soon be March then! The sightings today are from the book. In the bird garden visitors saw yellowhammer, reed buntings, goldfinches, blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, robins, blackbirds, collared doves, wood pigeons, greenfinches, bullfinches...
  • Blog Post: Another Boom!

    Hello! A bittern boom was heard this morning at Old Moor which was great news! Actually, the entry in the book says it was more of a 'croak' than a boom....still, a great 'hearing!' I'll start this eve with the sightings from the bittern hide - a little grebe, 2 buzzards, a...