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  • Blog Post: Beautiful Still Evening...

    Hello! From the title you can no doubt gather what this evening has been like at Old Moor. The wind dropped, the sun came out and it was beautiful. I was on Wath Ings until about 7.30pm watching 2 barn owls hunting, hearing nattering lapwing, very noisy common/green sandpipers and having a great time...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Start - Sightings, 26 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Yes the morning was damp (to say the least) but this afternoon, in the glorious sunshine, I arrived at Old Moor to find the car park full to overflowing! It’s always great to see so many folk out there enjoying the best that Nature can offer. Sadly, I was only able to stay for a short...
  • Blog Post: No Redstart...Again!

    Hello, as you can no doubt gather from my title I was again 'redstart-less' on my visit today...unlike Andrew who took that stunning pic that was in his blog yesterday! If you didn't see his photo yesterday then do have a look, it's a wonderful pic of a wonderful bird! So on my quick...
  • Blog Post: Tern Tales - Sightings, 24 Aug.

    Hi Folks! It was another wonderful day in the Dearne Valley and one full of wildlife spectacle. Despite a very pessimistic weather forecast for this afternoon, I thought I’d chance it and set off for Old Moor. I am so glad I did. I had the good fortune to bump into a frequent contributor to...
  • Blog Post: Bees are NOT green - Sightings, 23 Aug.

    Hi Folks! There’s certainly no arguing with the logic of the title which came from a very young participant in one of Old Moor’s school holiday, photo workshops on Friday. More of that later. First to turn to today’s sightings, I was a little relieved when our favourite reserve was...
  • Blog Post: From the Book - Sightings 21st August

    Hello, it's a quick blog today and the sightings are from the book. On Wath Ings today we had sightings of 561 lapwing, 7 green sandpipers, black tailed godwits, 8 dunlin, 6 juv ruff, a greenshank, 4 snipe, a common sandpiper, a hobby, 3 lesser black backed gulls, a common gull, 2 kestrel and...
  • Blog Post: 2 Weather Zones...

    Hello, I had Darfield and Wombwell weather today at OM and pretty nice it was too, warm with quite a bit of sunshine. The sightings are mainly from the book today and thanks go to Lauren for emailing them my way. On Wath Ings today we had sightings of an ever growing flock of lapwing (approx 842...
  • Blog Post: The Happy Wanderer - Sightings, 19 Aug.

    Hi Folks! In the Dearne Valley it was a great morning to be out and about: the sun shone and it was really quite warm. Sadly, I didn’t make it to Old Moor until the mid afternoon which was a very different story, almost autumnal in fact. Oh well, there was still much to be enjoyed as you will see...
  • Blog Post: 3 Weather Zones...

    Hello, my turn to 'be back' today and I'll explain my title shortly. First however I'm going to take you back to Sunday morning, specifically on Wath Ings. It was a beautiful sunny morning with such stillness about the reserve with wonderful sights and sounds...... As I sat there I heard...
  • Blog Post: 'Gambolling' - Sightings, 17 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Another glorious day in the Dearne Valley brought with it a good number of sightings including news that the great white was still circulating the waters of Wombwell Ings . Just when you thought it was safe eh? An additional late sighting, also from Wombwell, recorded three garganey at the...
  • Blog Post: Tripping Over Bitterns - Sightings, 16 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Did you miss us? Nah, of course not - far too busy nature watching - but we are back anyway! And what a day to return to the sightings blog - with so much to report I guess I’d better get on with it. Over at Wombwell Ings , the great white shark continues to make itself at home...
  • Blog Post: Dearne Valley Sightings - 13 August 2015. Little Bittern and Great White Egret remain

    It has been an excellent days birding in the Valley today and whilst I haven't got access to the sightings book, I can provide a brief summary of what has been seen. The highlight has to be the continued presence of the male Little Bittern (seen twice today) and the Great White Egret (seen mostly...
  • Blog Post: Egrets, I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention...

    Okay, I apologise. Awful title for a blog. But I've always wanted to be able to write that. And today, I can. Not only have we been getting record breaking numbers of little egrets recently (up to 32) but today, they were joined by a Great White Egret. Amazingly, this is the seventh heron type...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleep Out 2015 - "I'm so excited, I'm shaking"

    There are some evenings when you know you have the best job in the world. And Saturday evening was one of them. The Big Wild Sleep Out has become an annual event in the RSPB calendar and for me, is a wonderful way to provide children with an experience of nature they rarely get these days. The...
  • Blog Post: Factory Fortnight – Sightings, 3 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Two glorious days of sun and warmth in a row – blimey, we are spoilt! Needless to say, there was much to be seen and enjoyed at Old Moor and, I might add, many folk out there enjoying it. In fact, the overspill car park was employed today – a first for this year? So, if you had...
  • Blog Post: L.B.J.T. - Sightings, 2 August.

    Hi folks! It was another warm and beautifully sunny one and, as ever, there was much to be seen in and around Old Moor today. I started off in the Bittern Hide where I watched the pair of great crested grebes and their two offspring. All of a sudden, the adult female caught a pretty sizeable fish...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings...31st July

    Hello again, it's been a glorious day at Old Moor (finally) with lots of butterflies, bees, dragonflies & insects all coming out to enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of the butterflies I saw today, what a delight! A very vibrant peacock butterfly in the garden. An equally vibrant...
  • Blog Post: Glorious Evening!

    Hello! I've just got back from Old Moor and what a glorious evening it is! There's 'quite a lot' again so off I go. The reedbed screen has once again been very busy and a great place to spend a couple of hours or so. Visitors to the screen saw kingfishers, a little bittern in flight...
  • Blog Post: Double-Barrelled - Sightings, 29 July.

    Hi Folks! Having perused the sightings book (virtually - thanks Liane) it looks like it was yet another busy day at Old Moor with yet another star of the reedbeds – more of that in a moment. And before I forget, the path to the Reedbed Hide is once again open, as you will work out from today’s...
  • Blog Post: Quite a lot...

    Hello, there's going to be 'quite a lot' in the blog today so I better get started! First more photos from Dave Simmonite of the juv bittern that was seen from the monitoring hide yesterday. It's such great news! Thanks for the photos Dave :) Dave said... 'Dave,...
  • Blog Post: A young 'un! - Sightings, 27 July.

    Hi Folks! First of all tonight my hearty congratulations to the one hundred or so people today who braved the (frankly appalling) July weather in order to enjoy a bit of wildlife watching at Old Moor. Excellent work there all! Sadly, conditions did not make it easy to see very much but we do have...
  • Blog Post: Audible Shorts – Sightings, 26 July.

    Hi Folks! If Mary Shelley had been into birding then this afternoon at Old Moor would have been right up her street. Although the morning was pleasant enough – well, dry at least – the afternoon cast a Gothic gloom over our favourite RSPB reserve. As I was walking by the wildlife ponds...
  • Blog Post: Night Heron!

    Wow, another wonderful bird was seen here this afternoon, a night heron! And I was there! I was watching the wren family (very sweet) to the right of Wath Ings when it was flying and it was called from the other end of the hide. I quickly went there and managed a 'sort of pic.' To start...
  • Blog Post: 23rd July & The Sightings

    Hello, my turn today. I've spent a few hours at Old Moor today but left about 3pm, so apologies if you wrote in the book after that time, they won't be in this blog.... In every hide I went into today there was talk of the weather at some point. A general feeling was no more wind or grey clouds...
  • Blog Post: X Marks the Spot! - Sightings, 22 July.

    Hi Folks! As all avid readers know, the school holidays are when adventures happen; when a plucky band of youngsters stumble across “a clue” and are not daunted by the dismissive explanations of their parents or the adults around them. They are not put off and must get to the bottom of the...