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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: The Crescent Moon Last Night....

    It clouded over last night so I didn't quite manage a photo of the lovely crescent moon in the night sky...ah well, fingers crossed for this evening! Still, we do have the sightings from the book today :) Two buzzards were seen over the reedbeds today and a little grebe was seen from the field...
  • Blog Post: Crescent Moon...

    Anyone noticed the lovely little crescent moon today? It'll be beautiful later in the darkness if the sky stays clear... I've just visited google where it says that the moon today is in a 'waxing crescent phase,' which is the first phase after a new moon and it's 37% illumination...
  • Blog Post: More from the Med. - Sightings, 23 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Despite a weather forecast to the contrary, today was bright and sunny at Old Moor (well mostly). Early spring activity continued with those magpies still building their nest just behind the visitor centre and a pair of great crested grebes displaying on the various waters of the Reedbed trail...
  • Blog Post: Mediterranean Tails* – Sightings, 22 Feb.

    Hi Folks! How are those New Year resolutions holding up? In the birding part of my life, mine was to learn more about gulls. If that sounds a bit dull – the birding equivalent of getting stuck with that bloke in the pub who wants to talk about the one-way road systems of UK cities! - it’s...
  • Blog Post: Sunny...and breezy and chilly...

    Hello, me again! The title spells it out weather wise at Old Moor today. Actually more like ...glorious sunshine, vibrant colours and then the chill factor! Without further waffle here are the sightings from me and the book. I'll start in the reedbeds where something - mebbe a coot - met it's...
  • Blog Post: Friday the 20th & The Sightings

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book and from me for today....mostly the book! I'll start in the bird garden where today we had a sighting of a sparrowhawk. A visitor told me that it sat in the trees at the back for a bit before whizzing through the bird garden...Also from here today were...
  • Blog Post: Thursday 19th Feb and the Sightings...

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book today...a bit sparse but all good stuff! All the usual birdies were seen in the bird garden - m/f bullfinches, m/f greenfinches, goldfinches, chaffinches, blue tits, great tits, robin, dunnocks, magpies, collared and stock doves, wood pigeons, a great spotted...
  • Blog Post: Let's hear it for the coot! - Sightings, 18 Feb.

    Hi Folk! It was not quite as glorious as yesterday but the sun did shine today at Old Moor and it was incredibly busy with lots of younger visitors. In fact, when I arrived, the lovely Lauren asked “How far up the drive are they parking now?” It was indeed great to see the reserve bustling...
  • Blog Post: Just Glorious!

    Hello, as the title suggests, it's been a glorious day at Old Moor, fab weather, lovely birds and everything else! I was there for the whole day as were many other people. It's been very busy with visitors and it was great to chat to so many folks I've got to know via Old Moor. So today...
  • Blog Post: Tachybaptus' trill! - Sightings, 16 Feb.

    Hi folks! Winter’s end is marked with many signs. We already have the snowdrops of course and many of you have been letting us know about those early nesting behaviours that you’ve seen. For me, one sure sign that winter’s worst is spent is when I hear the unmistakable call of Tachybaptus...
  • Blog Post: The 15th of Feb & the Sightings

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book today...no visit for me today. I heard it was a bit grey weather wise so off I went over the tops 'on holiday' to RSPB Dovestones & had a glorious few hours in the sunshine there! Not to rub it in at all but it was - dare I say it - warm! :) ...
  • Blog Post: Dovey Lovey - Sightings, 14 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Travelling over to Old Moor today I couldn’t help but notice quite a lot of chaps with bunches of red flowers. Was it some kind of horticultural festival? If so, the blooms of each were fantastic so judging will be pretty tough! I kid of course. We all know what today is and in the...
  • Blog Post: Five to Five...

    Hello, it's that five to five time again as I sit down to write the blog for today... Here are the sightings from the book. In the Bird Garden we had all the usual suspects, today this included 2 willow tits, redpoll, a wren, a rat, long tailed tits and a great spotted woodpecker. On the...
  • Blog Post: Thursday I think!

    It is Thursday... just had to do a check :) On to the sightings from the book today. I'll start at Wath Ings where there were sightings of a shelduck, a redshank and a very elegant pintail. A goldcrest was spotted outside this hide today. Did you know that the nickname of the pintail is...
  • Blog Post: Tree Mouse - Sightings, 11 Feb.

    Hi Folks! Overcast seems to have summed up the weather today at Old Moor and indeed elsewhere but that did not stop the intrepid watchers from reporting a fair list of sightings. I must admit to being envious of them as I gazed out of my office window. Still I did have a few crows, some black-headed...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday and from the book....

    Hello, it's been another wonderfully sunny day, at least where I have been, with a gorgeous hard frost like a carpet of sparkles this morning... if a tad slippy! The sightings are from the book today so here goes... I'll start with the sightings from the tree sparrow farm where there were...
  • Blog Post: And Another - Sightings 9 Feb.

    Hi Folks! That's two sunny days in a row – it must be getting close to winter’s end! (Yes, I’ve said that out loud now… it’ll probably snow tomorrow!) Certainly some of the birds seem to agree and, on my wanderings around the reserves, I’ve seen some unmistakable...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sunday Sightings, 8 Feb.

    Hi Folks! It was a beautiful sunny day today and there were plenty of people out enjoying it. In fact, the sightings book at Old Moor today was full to bursting and almost needed an extension, so best crack on. Starting at Wombwell Ings , a dazzling kingfisher was recorded today. Over at Bolton...
  • Blog Post: Shivery Saturday...

    Hello it's been a bit of a shivery Saturday at Old Moor but the sun did shine for a while this afternoon casting the reserve in a lovely glow. Without any more waffle I'll get on to the sightings which are from the book and me. The first thing I did today was to walk down to the reedbed...