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  • Blog Post: Early Doors... Sightings 31st May

    Hello, time for the Tuesday sightings once more, they are from the book- no visit from me today sadly. From the Family Hide today we have sightings of sedge warbler, sand martins, house martins, swallows and swifts. All the hirundines, very nice too :) Nicola's (very un-technical) guide to...
  • Blog Post: Bank on it – Sightings, 30 May.

    Hi Folks! After a grey start, the bank holiday sunshine broke through and Spring was revealed in all its glory. The lanes of Old Moor looked especially dazzling today with so many flowers in bloom and those marsh orchids beginning to shine. It was also great to see so many people enjoying a day out...
  • Blog Post: 'Lucky' – Sightings, 29 May.

    Hi Folks! Do ever have one of those days? You know the ones I mean. The ‘It-was-here-five-minutes-ago’ days. Or the ‘You’ve-just-missed-it’ days. Or perhaps the ‘It-was-really-busy-before-you-got-here” ones. Well, such was my luck today as I wandered the lanes...
  • Blog Post: Lovely Day - Sightings 28th May

    Hello! What a lovely day it has been at Old Moor today. Plenty of sunshine, little wind and it felt warm. :) I spent the entire day at Old Moor - wandering around with the macro lens this morning and then monitoring from the monitoring hide this afternoon. On Green Lane today were at least 3 different...
  • Blog Post: No Laughing Matter - Sightings 26th May

    Hello, there haven't been any more sightings of the laughing gull today although there has been one in Kent today via Bird Guides. Maybe the same one, but who knows? From the book today the sightings be. In our bird garden were tree sparrows, magpies, chaffinches, bullfinches, blue tits and...
  • Blog Post: Gems - Sightings, 25 May.

    Hi Folks! The exciting thing about rainy days is that the colours of spring shift: all those fresh greens become darker, more intense. The birds too go from matt to gloss and carry on about their spring business just like any other day. Sometimes, a rainy one will also bring some unexpected and quite...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 24th May

    Hello! My turn to bring you the blog today and a big thanks to Craig who kindly sent me a text with the sightings today. I'm currently locked out of my RSPB email so a text was a big help. Off we go with the sightings from the book. From the B ittern Hide we had sightings of great crested grebe...
  • Blog Post: Abuzz - Sightings, 23 May

    Hi Folks! It was another glorious day in the Dearne Valley today with brilliant sunshine for most of it and occasional cloud providing a little relief from the warmth. After a cool start, spring is certainly hotting up nicely! In fact the evidence for all that spring activity can now be found just...
  • Blog Post: Driven - Sightings, 22 May

    Hi Folks! An early blog today as I’m off out later, so if you read this sharpish you might still be able to get to Old Moor for the vintage car rally! I’m not kidding. I thought the cars in the overspill carpark were a little unusual but, such is my befuddled state on a Sunday morning, I...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 20th May

    Hello, the book is rather bare with sightings today..... Of no fixed abode we have a female marsh harrier, 2 buzzards and a kestrel and the med gull was seen from the Wader Scrape. A sanderling was on the Mere today and a female blackcap and 2 dunnock were seen at Knoll Beck on the TPT today. ...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - Thursday 19th May - Car Park Bittern!

    Hello, time for our sightings blog again. Today they are from the book and Twitter. There's quite a lot to report with a couple of unusual bits too, so off I go. Firstly the title, well, it's true!.... Although I couldn't quite believe it when Lauren told me about it. At around 11.50am...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoos - Sightings, 18 May.

    Hi Folks! Sure there were a few showers today but also quite a few sustained dry periods where visitors to Old Moor and satellite reserves had some great views of the unfolding spring stories. One story that you can be a part of is the tale of the bitterns nesting this year at Old Moor. I gather that...
  • Blog Post: Sightings - 17th May

    Hello, it's time for those sightings from Old Moor again. Craig sent me a photo of the book today and he did a good job including his shadow. Thanks Craig:) From the Wader Scrape today we had sightings of a grey heron, 2 ringed plover, avocet, lapwing, redshank, dunlin and a med gull. On Green...
  • Blog Post: Of Bitterns and Black Tern - Sightings, 16 May.

    Hi Folks! It was another glorious spring day in the Dearne Valley and one that left a lot of visitors more than happy with their trip to Old Moor. More of that in a minute but first an overview of the day’s proceedings. Starting at Adwick Washland , the sightings today included sedge warbler...
  • Blog Post: Damsels and Dragons – Sightings, 15 May

    Hi Folks! You know it’s going to be a special one when the first sighting of the day is of two kingfisher ‘squabbling over the courtyard’ of the visitor centre at Old Moor! Actually I’d had an inkling a bit before that. Just as I turned in to Old Moor, a parade of oddities...
  • Blog Post: Bittern Monitoring - Sightings 13th May

    Hello, it's time for the Friday sightings blog already. What a change in temperature from yesterday! I'll start with a recent photo of a little egret. It was fishing in front of the Family Hide and dropped the fish it had just caught.... You can see what it thought about that! Early...
  • Blog Post: Red Footed Falcon - Sightings 12th May

    Hello, we've had a MEGA at Old Moor today for a little while. As per the title, a female red footed falcon was seen flying over the VC at about 1pm. It then flew across the Mere and went to Bolton Ings. From Twitter it seems it was at Bolton at around 12,30pm and flying towards OM - if I've read...
  • Blog Post: Good Terns – Sightings, 11 May.

    Hi Folks! Birding, like buses, can be a matter of famine or feast and today was a bit of an 'all-you-can-eat' job! Separating out the sheer volume of tern sightings today was not an easy task I can tell you, but I think the following is an accurate summary of the situation. Let’s start...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 10th May

    Hello! I read today that despite the current warm spell being over, the jet stream should be more in our favour this summer and so should result in more sunny weather. Fingers crossed :) The sightings today are from the book, via my memory, as I didn't write them down and also from Twitter. ...
  • Blog Post: Significant Plovers - Sightings, 9 May

    Hi Folks! It was another great day for wildlife watching in the Dearne Valley. In fact, one regular visitor was heard to remark, “Old Moor doesn’t disappoint does it?” and I could not help but agree. It was another blissfully warm one today with temperatures in the mid-twenties....
  • Blog Post: Snakes Alive! – Sightings, 8 May.

    Hi Folks! In the words of Charles Dickens, “ Lawks a-mercy, ‘twas a proper pea-souper and no mistake! ” Yes, pulling back the curtains this morning you could have been forgiven for thinking that someone had stolen the Dearne Valley. Mind, that was set all to change later… ...
  • Blog Post: Terns - Sightings 6th May

    Hello again, the big news today is that we've had two species of visiting terns! 2 black terns and 2 common terns were seen on the Mere today and also from here, a bittern was seen in flight - presumably over the reedbeds. Black terns are small terns and in May, they are usually passing through...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Jam and News!

    Hello, a bit late this evening but that's because I've spent a few hours at Old Moor today. I arrived late afternoonish and went straight down to the reedbeds. On the way were orange-tip butterflies fluttering around as well as quite a few bumblebees. A grey heron was around the ponds & flew...
  • Blog Post: A New Hope - Sightings, May the 4th…

    Hi Folks! I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief and a new hope as the thermometer raced towards 20°C and, for the first time this year, it was a good idea to Luke to the skies, trust the force of received opinion and leave the coat behind. After months on the dark side, that’s more...
  • Blog Post: It's getting warmer....

    Hello again, as I was coming home I was thinking that it's definitely got warmer out as the day has gone on. The forecast for tomorrow is lots of sunshine and warmer still! Fingers crossed :) Ali from the VC sent me the sightings today so thanks very much and off I go with them. My favourite...