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  • Blog Post: Five! - Sightings, 2 May.

    Hi Folks! I am seriously beginning to believe that there is such a thing as Bank Holiday weather. Yes, we had a lot of greyness and a few thunderstorms with a large amount of rain in a very short space of time, but there was also a bit of sunshine: a very little bit of sunshine… Still, we must...
  • Blog Post: May Day - Sightings, 1 May

    Hi Folks! Detached, spacious, two-storey abode, finished to the highest standard with incredible views – no, I’m not trying to sell my house, I’m describing the new hide at Broomhill Flash . In case you missed it, our friends at The Garganey Trust have rebuilt the hide at Broomhill...
  • Blog Post: Nearly May - Sightings 29th April

    Hello, here are the sightings from today! I'm afraid I'm going to cheat a bit as I've just got home and I'm going out soon too...so, I'm putting up a photo of the book today which was kindly sent to me by Jenny from the VC. If you click on the photo then you'll get a larger...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 28th April...

    Hello! I've dug out all my winter woollies again after enjoying a couple of 'coat-less' days last week...Hat, scarf, gloves and so on and so on. Soon be summer :) From the book at Old Moor today we have sightings from Green Lane of: linnets, a male blackcap, a lesser whitethroat, a common...
  • Blog Post: Back Chat? - Sightings, 27 April.

    Hi Folks! I hardly need mention the fifty-seven varieties of weather we’ve had today in the Dearne Valley. This unseasonably cold April continues but, I’m glad to say, it doesn’t seem to have put too much of a dampener on the unstoppable force that is the spring. There were tons...
  • Blog Post: Snowing as I type! Sightings 26th April

    Hello again, the view from my window right now is of snow falling, or maybe more like 'snowhail'.....really! Thanks go to Ali from the VC for sending the sightings my way today. On Green Lane today we had sightings of blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, linnets, lesser whitethroat, newly...
  • Blog Post: In Swift Pursuit - Sightings, 25 April.

    Hi Folks! April is always a bit of a mixed-up month for weather and today was no exception in the Dearne Valley. Bright, warm sunshine battled with the cooling effects of the odd sleet shower this afternoon! I’m glad to say, as I write this, it looks like the sunshine won but change it seems, is...
  • Blog Post: A Brief Visit From An Osprey!

    Hello again, 2 blogs in one day! The sightings from the book are fantastic but quite brief. I'll start with the osprey that visited Old Moor briefly today at around 11.15am. From Twitter and various tweets I can glean the following about this osprey. Osprey flying East towards Adwick from...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 21st April

    Morning! Here are the sightings from yesterday at Old Moor. We had sightings of 3 swifts and a lesser whitethroat going over Old Moor yesterday. It's the 'aww' factor time again with young offspring starting to appear, now we have greylag geese goslings which were seen yesterday from...
  • Blog Post: By George! – Sightings, 20 April.

    Hi Folks! By George it was a busy one today out on those reserves. The sun shone and at one point I’m pretty sure my thermometer touched 17°C! And talking of George, this weekend is a special one in the cultural calendar – Saint George’s Day falls on Saturday and that means that...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - 19th April

    Hello, what a fabulous sunny day it's been and there's more of the same tomorrow it seems! The sightings today are from the book and various people via the Barnsley Birders on Twitter. (@Barnsleybsg) Seen early on at OM this morning were: a mediterranean gull, a common sandpiper, 8 redshank...
  • Blog Post: “Seven Whistler” - Sightings, 18 April.

    Hi Folks! It’s always a bit strange writing the blog in the spring and knowing that, while I’m doing it, the reserves are still open – until 8pm in fact. The rate things are changing at the moment, all this could be old news by the time I’ve finished typing it! But then, that’s...
  • Blog Post: Bee Special – Sightings, 17 April

    Hi Folks! It was a frosty start and no amount of tapping could shift the needle away from 0°C. But this is mid-April and a bright day soon raised the temperature twelve or so degrees – just perfect for a stroll around our favourite reserves. Early birds at Old Moor included six avocet on...
  • Blog Post: First Lesser Whitethroat of the Year...

    Another returning bird arrived at Old Moor today - the lesser whitethroat. It was picked up by our warden, Dave. :) From the book we have the information that it was heard somewhere between the Wader Scrape and Wath Ings hides. Here's the RSPB webpage about them and from this page you can click...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 14th April

    Hello again...it's not going well in my week re the sightings! On Tuesday, and apologies for the lack of a blog, I rang up around 5pm and Liane answered. She then rushed over to the VC but it was all locked up....not even with her 'Wonder Woman' powers could she peer into the sightings book...
  • Blog Post: Still Here – Sightings, 13 April.

    Hi Folks! On the drive to Old Moor tonight, the radio teased listeners with a story of a 9m ‘creature’ being found in Loch Ness by a new exploration team. I listened closely as they went on to explain that it was a prop made for a 1969 Sherlock Holmes film. I confess I was a little disappointed...
  • Blog Post: Sandwich Anyone? – Sightings, 11 April.

    Hi Folks! A bright start was followed by cloud and a very brisk, cold wind with even a few spots of rain. In truth, it was a fairly typical, mixed-up, April day. Coincidentally, the sightings book seemed to follow suit and today produced a bit of a mixture as well as a few surprises. Starting at Wombwell...
  • Blog Post: A Decent Chorus - Sightings, 10 April.

    Hi Folks! It was another crackin’ spring day in the Dearne Valley. The air was full of birdsong as the blackbirds, great tits, robins, dunnocks and wrens were now joined by chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap. Now that’s a pretty decent chorus is anyone’s book! Starting at Adwick...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful Cloudy Hail Rain....Bright...

    Hello! My title explains the weather at Old Moor today. Beautiful dunnock against a beautiful blue sky... Beautiful sunshine that brought out this beautiful peacock butterfly.... Cloudy - great crested grebe with a rudd meal from the Bittern Hide... Cloudy...chiffchaff...
  • Blog Post: An Early Bird – Sightings, 7 April.

    Hi Folks! More sun than rain today I think and that fantastic crystal light that lets us all know that spring is finally here to stay. Today’s sightings include a record breaker - an early bird indeed - but more of that in a minute. Starting at Wombwell Ings , Alan Whitehouse reported a little...
  • Blog Post: They’re back – Sightings, 6 April

    Hi Folks! Those April showers made themselves known today together with some blustery winds that were at times very bl - blustery indeed! In amongst all this the sun shone and it was a day when rainbows became commonplace. Not that any of that deterred the hardy folk from reporting the spring wonders...
  • Blog Post: The Green Tide - Sightings, 3 April.

    Hi Folks! What a great day to return to the Dearne Valley from my Welsh wanderings. It’s only been a little more than a week but the green tide of spring seems to have leapt forward quite a bit in my absence. For example, wherever I went today, I was never too far from the calls of chiffchaff....
  • Blog Post: Alpine Swift! Sightings - 1st April

    Hello, what a week it's been for rare visiting birds. It started off with the firecrest on Warbler Way on Easter Sunday, we then had 3 black necked grebes on Bolton on Tuesday and then an absolute MEGA - an alpine swift today! 'What's a MEGA?' I can hear you ask. Well, it's a very...
  • Blog Post: Glorious!

    Hello, what an amazing weather day today. A frost, early sun beams piercing a slight mist, a hot air balloon over the Dearne Valley and then stunningly beautiful light over Old Moor for much of the day. We again had great sightings from the reedbeds. Early on a Cetti's warbler was singing away...
  • Blog Post: More Channel Swimming - Sightings 30th March

    Hello, what a beautiful evening it has been, interesting cloud formations too. I enjoyed a couple of 'after hours' hours at OM & the light was just stunning! Talking of after hours.... from April the 1st (Friday) the reserve will once again be open until 8pm. The VC will close at 5pm but...