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  • Blog Post: The Wheel Turns - Sightings, 21 Dec.

    Hi Folks! You know, it wasn’t until I was just about to leave Old Moor this afternoon that I realised what day it is. I knew there was something about the 21 st December that rang a bell. Of course! The shortest day! In fact, you can’t get much more midwinter than today, bleak or otherwise...
  • Blog Post: Blustery Saturday...

    Hello, I didn't visit Old Moor today due my continuing (get ye gone soon) bug.... Liane told me last week that if you put Vicks on the soles of your feet before bedtime, and then keep your socks on overnight, it does wonders for a chesty cough! I shall try it this eve and let you know, my wheezing...
  • Blog Post: Far from Mad Friday - Sightings, 19 Dec

    Hi Folks! Any ground feeding bird that took flight in the Dearne today did so vertically, propelled in a high arc by some pretty fierce winds. In fact, it made me wonder just how creatures that weight so little manage to make any headway at all in wind gusting at 35mph? Even those aerial experts, the...
  • Blog Post: Drizzle and Dunlin - Sightings, 18 Dec

    Hi Folks! Yes, that was a surprise wasn’t it? There you were expecting the lovely Nicola and this ne’er-do-well turns up! Sadly, Nicola is feeling pretty crook at the moment so you’re stuck with me. I hope you’ll join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. Drizzle and cloud best...
  • Blog Post: On the Rails - Sightings 17 Dec.

    Evening folks. Brilliant sightings from yesterday I’m sure you’ll agree but today, well, that was another matter and the book seems a bit sparse. ...Well, if truth be told, it’s non-existent. So, in true Old Moor style, I shall compile today’s sightings using reports from elsewhere...
  • Blog Post: Terrific Tuesday!

    Hello, moi encore and there's a very full book to report from hence the 'terrific'..... or maybe I'm just into a bit of Tuesday alliteration! :) So, here goes and thanks to all of you who wrote your sightings in the book today. On Wath Ings there were sightings of approx 300 lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Cheeky Robins – Sightings 15 Dec

    Hi Folks. It was a bit of a blustery one in the Dearne today and sunshine was in short supply. Nevertheless, Old Moor was pretty busy and the bird calls mingled with the nylon rustle of outdoor gear and the cheery banter of those hardy souls who knew that, even with the chill winds and showers, there...
  • Blog Post: Brazen Buzzards - Sightings 14 Dec.

    Hi Folks. Perhaps a bit unusually, I’ll start tonight with the sightings from the M5, M42 and M1. Yes, today I found myself doing a bit of birding on the motorway network. Anyway, the route-from-Somerset sightings were - 67 common buzzards and 6 kestrels. I have to say those motorway buzzards are...
  • Blog Post: Stunning Day!

    Hello, it's been a very chilly, but absolutely stunning day of sunshine here today. We've had the artist Carole Beavis making a willow reindeer in the courtyard & the finished sculpture looked just wonderful...hopefully a few photos of it very soon. Edit - Here's a photo of the willow...
  • Blog Post: Yer 'tis - Sightings 12 Dec

    Hi Folks! What a day it’s been! It was a bit unpromising at first, perhaps even gloomy, but then the sun shone and, even though it was a day to be wrapped up well, there was much to be seen out and about. First of all thank you to JV , Tom H, Dale and Bridgeman for having a go at the mystery...
  • Blog Post: A bit wild out there.....

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book today. It's not been the best weather day so it's a bit of a sparse book. A big thanks to those of you who visited today and wrote down your sightings. All the usual suspects were visiting the bird garden and no doubt very busy in there today - m...
  • Blog Post: Squally Sightings, 10 Dec

    Hi Folks! It was another chilly day but, between the showers, the low winter sunshine cast long shadows and revealed some dramatic flashes of colour. Trees creaked and rattled in the winds and birdsong was lost in the squalls. Talking of which, the ‘mystery bird’ that I shared last time was...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday the 9th & The Sightings....

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book today, thanks go to all of you who enter your sightings in the book! Wath Ings - 2 barn owls in the willows at the end of the central spit and 6 snipe. On the Mere there were sightings of wigeon, teal, gadwall, lapwing, cormorants, 3 goldeneye, 2 goosander...
  • Blog Post: 'Lowland' Sightings, 8 December

    Hi Folks! Those chill north-westerly winds made today a bit of a raw one in the Dearne Valley and I heard tales from Bert that, on higher ground, there was a bit of a white covering. Yet, in the sunshine – and there was some, in the lowlands at least – it was a day of colours and contrasts...
  • Blog Post: Sunday Sightings - 7th December

    Hello, here are the sightings from a chilly Old Moor today, there was even a sleet shower at one point, methinks winter may have arrived! Bird Garden - it was very busy here today with all the usual suspects and great spotted woodpeckers and a willow tit showing very well. Wath Ings - A barn owl...
  • Blog Post: Gorgeous Day :)

    Hello, it's been a gorgeous day at Old Moor, lots of bright sunshine and definitely chilly! Old Moor was covered in a beautiful hoar frost this morning, again just gorgeous! On to the sightings; Wath Ings was frozen over today so there weren't so many birds here, but still.... a barn owl...
  • Blog Post: Curious Blue Tit - Sightings, 5 December

    Hi Folks! Another chill one today but the sun shone and it was just too nice out to be in - if that makes sense. Congratulations to Melonie , Peter M , Bridgeman , Redwolf , and J V for correctly identifying the mystery bird from last time as a blackbird. Although they are not singing much at this...
  • Blog Post: Unseasonable Peacocks – Sightings 3 Dec

    Hi Folks! It was double socks this morning when I set out and the thermometer never got to double figures even in the bright sunshine. In fact it was so nippy that Ian B told me Wath Ings had “Got a lid on it!” Nevertheless, our reserves were busy and the café at Old Moor was even...
  • Blog Post: Whoopers for a 2nd Day :)

    Hello, I haven't seen the book today so the sightings are taken from the Barnsley Birders via Twitter, feel free to comment on what you saw if you visited today, we'd love to know! Off we go......at Old Moor today there were 3 whooper swans today on the Wader Scrape and 2 barn owls, I'm...
  • Blog Post: Rabbits Rabbits! – Sightings 1 December

    Hi Folks! Despite a nip in the air, this afternoon the hides at Old Moor were chock full of young people (and the young in spirit) from Sheffield University beavering away at their studies on biodiversity. It was a sight to gladden the heart and, I’m proud to say that the reserve did not disappoint...
  • Blog Post: The Last of the Butterfly Wine?!

    Hello, I've altered the title of a long running TV series to fit the sightings today... It's the 30th of November and I saw 2 butterflies on Green Lane and a wasp was also reported today. I saw this comma and also a small tortoiseshell! Maybe you saw one too? On to the sightings from...
  • Blog Post: Snow Bunting!

    Hello, here are the sightings from Old Moor today. The big news is that there has been a snow bunting at Broomhill! It was flushed at 2.45pm and as far as I know (via the Barnsley Birders) it hasn't been found since. Here is the RSPB webpage about them for a bit more info. Onto the sightings from...
  • Blog Post: Almost Autumn's Last - 28 November

    Hi Folks! It was another dank day in the Dearne but nevertheless there was much to be seen and enjoyed. In fact fellow volunteer Paul P reminded me that it is on such days that the autumn colours look their most intense. Very true Paul. Congratulations on identifying last time’s mystery bird...
  • Blog Post: And the book was a bit bare....

    Hello, it's been a bit of a quiet day as far as the book is concerned so here are the sightings. All the usual suspects were seen in the bird garden, there were redwing on the drive, a great spotted woodpecker flying over the visitor centre and fieldfare were seen over the staff car park. A...
  • Blog Post: A wisp of sightings - 26 November

    Hi Folks! A bit of a grey and damp one today but that didn’t stop our intrepid watchers from filling a page in the Old Moor sightings book. But first, the answer to that mystery sound from my last posting. It was indeed a ‘Rockin Robin’ as described by “Redwolf” and Melonie...