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  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Again - July 21st

    Hello again! I was at Old Moor for a long time today and thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine, the warm weather, the insects, the birds, the chats with people and everything else. A good day! Early on at OM via the Barnsley Birders via Twitter, we had sightings of - a ruff, 4 green sandpipers, 2 little...
  • Blog Post: Of Moths and Waders - Sightngs, 20 July

    Hi Folks! Phew, another scorcher in the Dearne Valley today with temperatures around the 29°C mark. Many visitors to the reserves sensibly carried bottles of water or made use of Old Moor’s excellent café. Either way, as the heatwave continued, there was much to be seen especially, it...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Heard - 19th July

    Hello, what a fab day! Very warm, dare I say hot?! I spent a couple of hours at Old Moor after work - then I wilted.. I did however hear the little bittern barking twice from the willows behind the Bittern Hide. The first time I heard it I was rather engrossed in watching a little yellow bug and then...
  • Blog Post: "Introductions" - Sightings, 18 July.

    Hi Folks! It’s not every day you get to introduce a lady to a caterpillar! When I arrived at Old Moor today I picked up various messages that a visitor had phoned ahead to check if we still had puss moth caterpillars on site and asked if anyone could show her where to look. A day followed where...
  • Blog Post: Sun Day – Sightings, 17 July

    Hi Folks! After weeks of waiting, the thermometer rose to maximum of 26°C today with beautiful blue skies. In fact I’d like to start tonight’s blog with one of the rarest of sightings during a British summer – the sun. The sun today at 10:55. The leftmost sunspot is a loop...
  • Blog Post: Of Photos and Photos - The Sightings, 15th July

    Hello, a blog of photos to start with today. Firstly the book - quite bare as you can see. I've tried the arty look as there's not much.... Next, puss moth caterpillars are back again. I definitely need to go and have a look, they are quite amazing beasties! Here's a lovely...
  • Blog Post: Sightings July 14th

    Hello, nice to have some sunshine today! Here are the sightings. Of no fixed abode were 2 kingfishers, a little egret was on the Field Pool West and a common sandpiper was seen on the Wader Scrape. Two black tailed godwits were on Wath Ings and another kingfisher sighting today was from the...
  • Blog Post: An Odd Couple – Sightings, 13 July.

    Hi Folks! Forgive me for being a bit brisk in my preamble tonight: it’s been quite a day! However, whilst I was haring around Sheffield and Doncaster, over in the Dearne Valley things were far more interesting and pretty sunny too! Graham Speight kicked off the day with sightings from Edderthorpe...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday - 12th July Sightings

    Hello, a quick blog from me this eve and the sightings are all from the book. There's quite a lot of 'no fixed abode' today but the following are likely to have been on the Mere - teal, shoveler, tufted ducks, oystercatchers, cormorants, a grey heron, a little egret, a pied wagtail and...
  • Blog Post: The Small Stuff - Sightings, 11 July.

    Hi Folks! A grey start eventually gave way to a beautiful summer’s afternoon in the Dearne Valley today. I only had a brief visit to Old Moor but did get to enjoy the meadows around the Wildlife Ponds which are looking incredible in their high summer colours. If you're used to the excesses...
  • Blog Post: Look Before You Snap - Sightings, 10 July

    Hi Folks! There may have been a few showers here and there, but mostly today was a glorious one in the Dearne Valley! There was as ever much to see, so fasten those seat belts, here’s a summary of the day’s highlights. Starting at Adwick Washland today there were six grey heron, two little...
  • Blog Post: Lovely Sunny Evening - 8th July

    Hello again, what a gorgeous evening it is at the moment. Such a treat! The sightings today are from the book, and thank you to Jenny for sending them my way. I'll start on the Wader Scrape where today we had sightings of 4 common sandpiper and 2 green sandpiper. Also seen from here were 8...
  • Blog Post: White Winged Black Tern - Sightings 7th July

    Hello! The big news today is that there has been one of those 'MEGA' sightings at Old Moor. It was a white winged black tern! I've just had a look at Bird Guides and it seemed it was first seen at RSPB St Aidan's at 10.20am, the RSPB Fairburn Ings at 12.26pm, Old Moor at 2.40pm and...
  • Blog Post: “We heard it was great here.” - Sightings, 6 July

    Hi Folks! It just goes to show you that you never quite know what will happen in Nature… Those early birders at Old Moor reported today a single black-tailed godwit, five avocet, four common sandpiper, twenty teal and –wait for it – 240 gadwall! Yes, that last one is a bit odd....
  • Blog Post: Another First! 5th July

    Hello, it's my turn today and I'm delighted to tell you of another first for Old Moor. It's a little insect that I found a couple of weeks ago around the ponds. I hadn't realised it was a first until today. l was at OM today doing a bit of bug hunting. A child found it and John Clifton...
  • Blog Post: Gnomon Wisdom – Sightings, 4 July

    Hi Folks! I’ve been experiencing a bit of ‘time slippage’ today – no, not age-related, but rather that my wristwatch is unreliable. It was then I remembered that at Old Moor you are never short of a time check. For a start there’s the sundial by the wildlife ponds. ...
  • Blog Post: Summary - 3 July.

    Hi Folks! It took a little while for the day to live up to the promises made of it by the Met Office but, when it did, it was pretty summery out there! Gary Stones reported from Adwick Washland that there were two little egret, two avocet, two ringed plover, a common sandpiper, seven redshank, approximately...
  • Blog Post: 1st July and the Sightings

    Hello, here's the Friday blog from Old Moor. There is good news today in that I do actually have the sightings from the book....but there are not very many of them. Also good news in that there has been a little bittern sighting today so it's still with us! :) So, from Twitter and the Barnsley...
  • Blog Post: June 30th

    Hello again. I'm afraid I'm being a bit rubbish this week with the sightings from the book. Today I managed to remember to ring up to ask for them to be sent but they seem to have gone missing in email land.... Never mind, I still have a few bits of news to give you. The first is via Twitter...
  • Blog Post: 'Limosa' Times Twenty - Sightings, 29 June

    Hi Folks! Today an American colleague spending her first year in England remarked with a note of panic in her voice, “You do have a summer here, right?” I only hope that she is looking outside right now because as I type this, the sun is shining and, after all the rain, the colours of...
  • 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...