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  • Blog Post: All Bitterns Great and Small, Sightings 1 July.

    Hi Folks! Another exciting day of bittern watching and, in what promises to be my shortest blog entry ever, the news from the sightings book is that a bittern ( Botaurus stellaris ) was seen flying over the reedbeds at 13.02 today. The little bittern, ( Ixobrychus minutus ) has also been seen flying...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern!

    Hello, what a lovely day it's been today and I'm sure that all of you who were lucky enough to get to OM today will have had a wonderful time in the sunshine. T he MASSIVE news today is that a little bittern has been seen once in flight in an area with no public access. There is special monitored...
  • Blog Post: Ice Cream and Sightings, 29 June.

    Hi Folks! With the forecast heatwave building nicely and some very welcome sunshine, there was a languid atmosphere today at Old Moor. Rather than bustle from hide to hide, visitors stopped to chat and the main topic was this ‘beautiful day’. Bird song mingled with the distant chimes of ice...
  • Blog Post: Bugs and Roses - Sightings, 28 June.

    Hi Folks! Well, it turned out warm and sunny in the end just as predicted by those nice people at the Met Office. As I left Old Moor this afternoon, the car park was just filling nicely and it was heartening to see so many people enjoying the sights. Starting at Adwick Washland , today there were...
  • Blog Post: Great Day!

    Hello again, I've had a lovely long visit to Old Moor today. When I arrived it was a bit chilly, when I left I needed a bit of air con in my car! I started off by going down to the reedbeds and around the ponds I soon started to see dragonflies, 4 spotted chaser and on the path towards the bittern...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings, 26th June

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book from today at Old Moor. On the Wader Scrape we had sightings of 6 avocet & chicks, 4 oystercatchers, lesser BB guls + chicks and a redshank. Reed warblers were seen from the reedbed hide . There's actually a pair that flit around just in front...
  • Blog Post: Not very much....

    Hello again, there's not much to report from the book today I'm afraid. From the bird garden there were sightings of magpies, bullfinches, chaffinches, greenfinches and wood pigeons. At 11.04 a bittern was seen but of no fixed abode. Also seen around this time (but again of no fixed...
  • Blog Post: That Feeling - Sightings, 24 June

    Hi Folks! An unpromising start became a glorious summer's day and I was able to join the crowd of lucky visitors wandering the lanes of Old Moor today with no jacket. That’s right, you heard me. To quote the Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage, ‘Sometimes the sun spangles and you feel alive’...
  • Blog Post: Reedbed Screen Kingfisher!

    Hello again! No prizes for guessing what I am about to report in the blog this eve....so without further ado.... I saw a kingfisher land on the branch in front of the screen! That was actually the fourth sighting of it in about an hour. It's a female kingfisher because it has 'lipstick'...
  • Blog Post: More Yaffle – Sightings, 22 June

    Hi Folks! Tsk, June eh? Yes, another day of cold rain swept across the Dearne Valley but there were a few bright patches here and there. Mostly there. Sightings, like warming rays of sunshine, were a little sparse but I did get to spend an hour at Old Moor which was looking especially colourful after...
  • Blog Post: Solstice Sightings, 21 June.

    Hi Folks! It was another spectacular day in the Dearne Valley; a day full of wonders even though the winds blew and the clouds threatened. Old Moor was as busy as ever but I started my day over at Adwick Washland so this evening’s sightings begin there too. At Adwick today were fifty plus swift...
  • Blog Post: Red Necked Phalarope Today!

    Hello, it's been a bit of an exciting day today again with a short visit this morning from a red necked phalarope! It was spotted in the reedbeds and then from the Wader Scrape....it then scarpered off elsewhere after being chased by an avocet. If you'd like to know a bit more about this birdie...
  • Blog Post: Short but Sweet....

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book today and as the title suggests, they are a bit sparse.... A bullfinch was seen in the bird garden.... 2 redshanks were seen from the Family Hide. Speaking of redshanks, here's a photo of one taken by Kevin Wakelam and shared on our FB page. Thanks...
  • Blog Post: The Day After That - Sightings, 17 June.

    Hi Folks! Wasn’t it great to read of all the excitement of yesterday and Nicola’s report of the gull-billed tern? I remember Bert’s wise saying that, at Old Moor, “you never know what will turn up”. How true. Unfortunately, the pixie-powered relays of the internet have...
  • Blog Post: Gull Billed Tern!

    Hello! The big news today is that there has been a gull billed tern at Old Moor today. It's been and gone a few times and currently is asleep on the Wader Scrape. I managed to see it and a fine looking bird it is too! Here's my best of a series of not very good distant photos :) There has been...
  • Blog Post: They're back! - Sightings, 15 June.

    Hi Folks! No drizzle today and, for parts of the day at least, the Dearne Valley was bathed in some very welcome sunshine. Where was I today? Sadly, nowhere near Old Moor but thanks to the marvellous Craig ’s email, we can all enjoy the day’s sightings. In Old Moor’s Bird Garden...
  • Blog Post: 'Sunny Afternoooon' - Sightings, 14 June.

    Hi Folks! I’ve had my car for nine years now but only this week found a ‘magic’ button on the steering wheel. A long press of this magic button sends my radio scurrying through all the available channels and then stops it, seemingly at random, perhaps on a particularly strong signal...
  • Blog Post: Sightings, Sounds & Scents!

    Hello everyone! I've just got back from a late afternoon visit to Old Moor. It seemed as if the rain had just stopped when I arrived and it brightened up a bit as time went on. I took a photo of the sightings book at about 3.30pm so if you wrote in the book after that then apologies but they won't...
  • Blog Post: Another Bittern Sighting Today...

    Hello! Here is the Friday sightings blog & a bit earlier than the last couple of blogs I've done. :) In the bird garden we had all the usual birdies which is still including yellowhammers . No sighting today in the book of either willow tits or great spotted woodpeckers. Over at the reedbed...
  • Blog Post: New Arrivals - Sightings, 11 June

    Hi Folks! News from Old Moor got a bit stuck today somewhere in the ether of the interweb – stop me if I’m getting too technical! However, I do have some nuggets from those stalwart Barnsley Birders via their twitter feed (‏@Barnsleybsg). Thanks chaps! First the male on 7 June,...
  • Blog Post: Another Glorious Evening!

    Hello! Yes I know, late again with the sightings but it's been so glorious that I just couldn't come home any earlier and I hope you all enjoyed it too. :) I spent a couple of hours at Old Moor this eve and very nice it was too. I only went to the reedbeds and ponds but it was lovely. Around...
  • Blog Post: Better Late etc....

    Hello, it's been a lovely evening so I've been out and about enjoying the sunshine, hence the lateness of the sightings today! Off we go so on the field pools there were sightings of redshank, little grebe, skylark, house martins and lapwing . On to the Wader Scrape where there were avocets...
  • Blog Post: Grus grus! – Sightings, 8 June.

    Hi Folks! Recording wildlife sightings is a strange business and occasionally a truly odd sighting comes our way which at first seems, well, pretty ‘out there’. So when I picked up the news that four common cranes were seen flying northeast over Wath Ings , I was a tad sceptical at first...
  • Blog Post: Blissful – Sightings, 7 June.

    Hi Folks! It was another blissful day at Old Moor today not the least because it was sunny and warm. My winter anorak was finally confined to the back seat of the car and, like many other visitors, I got a chance to wander the flower-filled lanes of Old Moor in just my T-shirt – well, not ‘just’...
  • Blog Post: Blown Away!

    Hello! It's time for the sightings from today and the title means exactly that, a fierce wind blowing through Old Moor today and by the time I got in my car to go home I definitely felt I had been blown away. Too much wind I reckon, can someone please make it stop?! Anyway, onto the sightings...