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  • Blog Post: Reservoir Ruff – Sightings, 25 Sept.

    Hi Folks! It took a little while for those clouds to clear this morning and things were pretty damp after last night's rain, but at the time of writing it is a wonderfully sunny afternoon in the Dearne Valley and quite warm too. Old Moor welcomed a group of visitors from RSPB York today and, if...
  • Blog Post: Friday Sightings & Mr.Fox Tomorrow!

    Hello there, another lovely September day and the forecast this weekend looks quite good too. Tomorrow we have our annual 'Mr.Fox' event. I quote from our events page... 'As late night opening draws to a close Mr Fox will dance and celebrate handing the reserve back to the creatures of...
  • Blog Post: Thursday 22nd - Wood & Curlew Sandpipers Still...

    Hello there, another lovely day we have had and I don't know about you but it feels a bit special to have such a warm and sunny September! The sightings are from the book today and thanks go to Lauren for sending them my way. Starting at Wath Ings there were lots of lapwing, 100+ golden...
  • Blog Post: Jammy - Sightings, 21 Sept.

    Hi Folks! The Dearne Valley may have been a bit grey and dull first thing but glorious sunshine broke through around mid-morning and lasted well into late-afternoon. I’m glad to say that there were a good number of visitors too, out there enjoying the sights of the season. Those early birders...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday the 20th...

    Hello everyone, it's time for the sightings blog once more. It's been a lovely day where I have been although definitely autumnal. If you've been at Old Moor today then I hope you've enjoyed your visit! Thanks go to Ali from the VC for sending me the sightings from the book. ...
  • Blog Post: Catch the Pigeon! – Sightings, 19 Sept.

    Hi Folks! I fancy the murk of this morning brought not only an autumnal air but also a sense of the season's mystery. It is time for change after all and for surprises, one where anything can turn up pretty much anywhere. This morning’s unexpected tale was one of a racing pigeon that had...
  • Blog Post: Friday 16th Sept and the Sightings

    Hello, me again. I'm going to just post a photo of the book today and a few bits. Here's the book. If you click on the photo then you will get a larger view. It seems as if there was a hobby looking for dragonflies around the ponds. That must have been exciting! There isn't...
  • Blog Post: Warm Again - Sightings 15th September

    Hello again, it's nearly the weekend! It's been another warm and muggy day today and I'll start with the sightings from Twitter. From Gary Stones at Adwick Washlands we have sightings of 6 little egret, 7 black tailed godwits, a green sandpiper, approx. 370 lapwing, 22 snipe, a kingfisher...
  • Blog Post: Spotshank and Pintail – Sightings, 14 Sept.

    Hi Folks! After last night’s lightning storms - with hail stones for some - today was back to being unseasonably warm. The early murk eventually cleared to reveal a beautifully sunny day with some great wildlife watching opportunities. The snipe motto? - Ne luto inexploratus (Leave no mud...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday 13th Sept - Pretty Warm!

    My goodness, what a warm and muggy day. Long may this warm spell last I reckon. And hello again too. :) On to the sightings which are from the book today. I'll start up at Wath Ings. Here we had sightings of 4 golden plover moving around with the lapwings, 4 ruff, 2 dunlin, 7 green sandpiper...
  • Blog Post: Seeing Double - Sightings, 12 Sept.

    Hi Folks! It was another warm one today in the Dearne Valley and quite sunny too in parts. Visitors were not quite so plentiful at Old Moor today – possibly worn out from yesterday’s ‘rap’tures – but nevertheless those sightings kept on coming! First in tonight’s...
  • Blog Post: Bald Buzzard! – Sightings, 11 Sept.

    Hi Folks! No, the title is not some rude remark but is in fact one of the older, local names for a beautiful and charismatic visitor to Old Moor today. Fortunately, it was one of those ‘right place, right time’ moments or, as one visitor put it, “You’ve the luck of the devil,...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - 8th Sept

    Hello, it's my turn today to bring you the sightings blog & what a lovely sunny day it's been at Old Moor too! I didn't manage to visit OM today but was told of how lovely it has been today. ...not jealous, not at all! The first bit of news, as you may already have discovered, is...
  • Blog Post: Surprise - Sightings, 7 Sept.

    Hi Folks! So, is it early autumn, late summer or both? Today was certainly a warm one with temperatures in the mid-twenties but the heavy dew this morning outlining the cobwebs told a different story. Autumn, of course, is an exciting time in birding where we never quite know what the urge to migrate...
  • Blog Post: 6th Sept & The Sightings

    Hello, what a lovely warm day today and the forecast is looking pretty good for the rest of the week too. First a bit of an update on the little circuit that's being made up on Green Lane near Wath Ings. Derek put a couple of photos of the work done so far on Twitter today and said 'It's...
  • Blog Post: On the Move - Sightings, 5 Sept.

    Hi Folks! It was another busy one in the Dearne Valley today (do we ever have un-busy ones?) and despite being generally overcast, there were some pretty interesting bits of bird news today. Those early birders at Old Moor reported a marsh harrier, two garganey, five wigeon, eighty-nine shoveler,...
  • Blog Post: A Little Help from my Friends - Sightings, 4 Sept.

    Hi Folks! By the sounds, it was sunny sandwich of a day with a decidedly damp filling! I spent a lot of it travelling so this evening’s sightings come from here, there and everywhere and with more than a little help from my friends. Thanks all! Today Chaz visited Manvers Lake and found eight...
  • Blog Post: Boom, Boom, Beep!

    Hello again, I’m going to start with the great news from yesterday from our wardens. They went into the reedbeds to look for the bittern nests from this year. They confirmed there were three nests which means they can be sure there were 10 juvs that fledged. That’s just fabulous news! Warden...
  • Blog Post: Halcyon Days - Sightings 31 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Now before I do anything else, I must tell you about the forthcoming Optics Weekend . Saturday 3 rd and Sunday 4 th of September (that’s this weekend - sigh), there will be a new-style optics event at Old Moor and there’s even a new area of the reserve spruced and ready for it....
  • Blog Post: What a day for darters and hawkers...

    Another glorious summer day at Old Moor. Sightings from the book today were: Mere : Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Sand Martins and a Common Sandpiper. Wader Scrape : Ringed Plover (2) Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, 3, Little Egret 3, Lapwings...
  • Blog Post: Comical Cormorants and Clever Cows – Sightings, 29 Aug.

    Hi Folks! What’s this? A warm, sunny August Bank Holiday? Yes, there were plenty of visitors rubbing their eyes today in disbelief only to then hurriedly apply sun tan lotion and sunglasses! One of summer’s last hoorahs greeted watchers today as they enjoyed all the sights of a late summer’s...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sightings - 26th August

    Hello! What a fabulous day at Old Moor I've had. I got there early doors and left around 5pm. The reserve was pretty busy today with lots of families enjoying the 'Free Friday' today. That's free entry for children on Fridays during the school holidays. Early doors at OM was a magical...
  • Blog Post: Soggy Sightings

    A fairly dull start weather wise today but when I arrived at Old Moor around 2pm the heavens opened and it just poured – what a soggy afternoon. We made it to the Tree Sparrow Farm before the real downpour started and it was lovely to see lots of smaller birds around. Sightings from the...
  • Blog Post: Warming Up Nicely - Sightings, 24 Aug.

    Hi Folks! It was another glorious sunny one in the Dearne Valley today with acres of sunshine and hardly a breath of a breeze. Ice-cream sales were through the roof and I’m very glad to say that Old Moor was very, very busy. Visitors today included a very enthusiastic group from Wetherby U3A ....
  • Blog Post: Another warm one...

    Another warm day at Old Moor with temperatures reaching the mid to high twenties today. I do think if someone from the VC did an ice cream run with a tray like they used to have in the interval at the ‘pictures’ (showing my age now!) they would make a fortune Ha! Sightings from the book...