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  • Blog Post: Factory Fortnight – Sightings, 3 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Two glorious days of sun and warmth in a row – blimey, we are spoilt! Needless to say, there was much to be seen and enjoyed at Old Moor and, I might add, many folk out there enjoying it. In fact, the overspill car park was employed today – a first for this year? So, if you had...
  • Blog Post: L.B.J.T. - Sightings, 2 August.

    Hi folks! It was another warm and beautifully sunny one and, as ever, there was much to be seen in and around Old Moor today. I started off in the Bittern Hide where I watched the pair of great crested grebes and their two offspring. All of a sudden, the adult female caught a pretty sizeable fish...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings...31st July

    Hello again, it's been a glorious day at Old Moor (finally) with lots of butterflies, bees, dragonflies & insects all coming out to enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of the butterflies I saw today, what a delight! A very vibrant peacock butterfly in the garden. An equally vibrant...
  • Blog Post: Glorious Evening!

    Hello! I've just got back from Old Moor and what a glorious evening it is! There's 'quite a lot' again so off I go. The reedbed screen has once again been very busy and a great place to spend a couple of hours or so. Visitors to the screen saw kingfishers, a little bittern in flight...
  • Blog Post: Double-Barrelled - Sightings, 29 July.

    Hi Folks! Having perused the sightings book (virtually - thanks Liane) it looks like it was yet another busy day at Old Moor with yet another star of the reedbeds – more of that in a moment. And before I forget, the path to the Reedbed Hide is once again open, as you will work out from today’s...
  • Blog Post: Quite a lot...

    Hello, there's going to be 'quite a lot' in the blog today so I better get started! First more photos from Dave Simmonite of the juv bittern that was seen from the monitoring hide yesterday. It's such great news! Thanks for the photos Dave :) Dave said... 'Dave,...
  • Blog Post: A young 'un! - Sightings, 27 July.

    Hi Folks! First of all tonight my hearty congratulations to the one hundred or so people today who braved the (frankly appalling) July weather in order to enjoy a bit of wildlife watching at Old Moor. Excellent work there all! Sadly, conditions did not make it easy to see very much but we do have...
  • Blog Post: Audible Shorts – Sightings, 26 July.

    Hi Folks! If Mary Shelley had been into birding then this afternoon at Old Moor would have been right up her street. Although the morning was pleasant enough – well, dry at least – the afternoon cast a Gothic gloom over our favourite RSPB reserve. As I was walking by the wildlife ponds...
  • Blog Post: Night Heron!

    Wow, another wonderful bird was seen here this afternoon, a night heron! And I was there! I was watching the wren family (very sweet) to the right of Wath Ings when it was flying and it was called from the other end of the hide. I quickly went there and managed a 'sort of pic.' To start...
  • Blog Post: 23rd July & The Sightings

    Hello, my turn today. I've spent a few hours at Old Moor today but left about 3pm, so apologies if you wrote in the book after that time, they won't be in this blog.... In every hide I went into today there was talk of the weather at some point. A general feeling was no more wind or grey clouds...
  • Blog Post: X Marks the Spot! - Sightings, 22 July.

    Hi Folks! As all avid readers know, the school holidays are when adventures happen; when a plucky band of youngsters stumble across “a clue” and are not daunted by the dismissive explanations of their parents or the adults around them. They are not put off and must get to the bottom of the...
  • Blog Post: Peeps and Squeals - Sightings, 20 July.

    Hi Folks! A diminutive Spiderman played beneath the willow acrobats as I walked onto the reserve today. There was no impending peril, it was simply a reminder of the start of the school holidays and thankfully, this miniature superhero had clearly abandoned web-slinging for wildlife watching carrying...
  • Blog Post: On Sands – Sightings, 19 July.

    Hi Folks! By the time Old Moor was open, it was another gloriously sunny one. Yes, the ground may have been a bit moist but that soon dried off and the sheer number of visitors today showed they were not to be daunted by that! My title today? Well, there do seem to be a number of ‘sands’...
  • Blog Post: Today at Old Moor....

    Hello, it's been quite an exciting day today with lots to see! No little bittern sighting that I know of today however.... We had a very gorgeous bird seen from the Field Pool West hide today, a male redstart. I got a few brief views of it as it flitted and landed to the right of the hide. It's...
  • Blog Post: From Twitter....

    Hello, I'm afraid I don't have the sightings from the book today so everything here has been gleaned from Twitter and the Barnsley Birders. If you've visited today and you fancy letting us know what you saw then please do leave a comment! On Wath Ings today were green and wood sandpipers...
  • Blog Post: Three Flights!

    Hello, the title today refers to the little bittern. The great news is that it's been seen 3 times that I know of so far. The first was a short flight over the reedbeds in the late morning. The second was another short flight early this afternoon and finally seen again around 2pm....fab news! ...
  • Blog Post: Banded Dems and Wood Sand - Sightings, 15 July.

    Evening folks! It was another warm one today in the Dearne Valley. Grasses rustled and cracked in the heat and visitors moved at a gentle pace. There was only a light breeze which of course was perfect for all flying insects including the darters, hawkers and damselflies. Once again the little bittern...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Again!

    Hello, the fantastic news is that the little bittern has been seen again at Old Moor today! It was seen from the monitoring hide as it flew across the reedbeds and landed near the cuckoo tree. There are no further sightings as yet today but here's hoping it stays for a while again. :) From Wath...
  • Blog Post: Of Darters and GBBG - Sightings, 13 July.

    Hi Folks! Fresh from a weekend in Somerset, I note that there is quite a bit to report today so I shall plough straight in. Top of everyone’s recent list has been the little bittern and our sightings book contained a note that on Saturday 11 July ‘a’ little bittern was reported at...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 9th July

    Hello, moi encore....the excellent news is that the little bittern is still at Old Moor! At 7:05am it flew from the reedbeds and over the bittern hide. Then at 7:35 it flew on to the Mere. Then at 12:30pm it was reported flying over the bittern hide again...not quite sure in which direction though. As...
  • Blog Post: Slightly Bedraggled - Sightings, 8 July.

    Hi Folks! Maybe it was the overcast gloom or the forecast of rain but visitors and sightings were in short supply today at Old Moor. I arrived after work to find only two entries in the sightings book. So, on your behalf, I set off in the drizzle for the Bittern Hide to see what might be seen. There...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern & American Wigeon Still!

    Hello! The good news is that we still have the little bittern and the American wigeon at Old Moor today! The little bittern wasn't seen until around 2:55 pm when it had a short flight over the reedbeds, but it's still with us. That makes it a whole week so far! Here's a photo from Peter...
  • Blog Post: Of Little Bittern, Bittern and Wasp Builders, 6 June

    Hi Folks! A beautiful morning gave way to a dreary afternoon but, in sun or rain, watchers were out in force at Old Moor today. In fact, the car park had burst its banks by nine or so this morning! What was all the fuss about? Yes, well 'bittern fever' continues to grip most visitors to the...
  • Blog Post: “Half a heron” – Sightings, 5 June

    Hi Folks! The little bittern sightings continue as the bird seems to be making itself at home at Old Moor - and who wouldn’t? This morning, at 6.50am many visitors had truly excellent views as the bittern flew over the reedbeds in front of the Bittern Hide towards Bittern ‘Bus Stop’...
  • Blog Post: What a MEGA Day!

    Hello! Well I was going to go elsewhere today and not blog but after hearing all the news this morning I changed my plans. 'MEGA' is the birdy term for something very rare. The little bittern is a MEGA and we had another bird arrive today that is also a MEGA - a drake American wigeon. We also...