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  • 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 view.

    As you can see, there has been another bittern sighting today. Mary Wilde (@yrammy) shared her photos of her sighting of a bittern from today. Thank you Mary!

    First photo from Mary.

    And a second from Mary.

    From the Barnsley Birders via Twitter we have the following sightings from early on this morning at Old Moor - 8 avocet, 2 dunlin, 2 ringed plover, a common sandpiper, a med gull and a Cetti's warbler.

    That's it, have a lovely Friday evening. :) 

  • 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 whitethroat and willow warblers.

    From Paul Paddock, a lesser whitethroat from Green Lane.

    From Ian Butler, a male blackcap from Green Lane.

    From the Family Hide there was another sighting of a little ringed plover as well as a common sandpiper and a male pintail. 

    We had that spring 'aww' factor from the Wader Scrape hide today with the sighting of a Canada goose family with fluffly goslings! Also seen from here today were  2 common sandpipers and a lesser whitethroat outside near the hide.

    From Ian Butler, one of those lovely little Canada Goose goslings. Thank you Ian :) 

    Next to Bolton Ings where there was a bit of excitement with the sighting of 2 black necked grebes as well as a green woodpecker, a willow tit, a buzzard flying over and a bittern seen in flight going from here back to the Old Moor reedbeds.

    Reported today from the Tree Sparrow Farm were yellowhammer and a brambling and finally for today from the book come two birds of prey sightings. The first being a hobby which was seen at 2.20pm flying over the Tree Sparrow Farm and the second, a peregrine seen flying over the Visitor Centre around noon.

    Over next to the news via Twitter from various people of sightings from our satellite sites.

    From early doors at Old Moor today were - 4 avocet, a greenshank, a curlew, a LRP, a common sandpiper a med gull and a peregrine.

    From Wombwell Ings today we had sightings of - shelduck, 2 great crested grebes, 2 teal, 8 shoveler, 3 redshank, 2 oystercatchers, eight skylark and a yellow wagtail.

    That's it for today so far.

    So finally for today, a photo from Adwick taken by Karen (@ladyinrosso) and shared on Twitter. Thanks Karen! It's one of the good numbers of yellow wagtails being seen from here at the moment - thanks to Rod Rolt for that info.

    Snow shoes out for tomorrow methinks!

  • 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 of great sightings today so I’d best crack on. Starting at Adwick Washland, there were eighteen avocet, male and female goosander, two little owl, a ringed plover, a black-tailed godwit, five yellow wagtail and a female redstart!

    Heather Bennett gave us some detail on that redstart via @Barnsleybsg. She reported it on the “fence by crop in middle of site, flew across field to hedge bottom of floodbank”. Thanks Heather! It's great to have that particular chat back.

    Alan Whitehouse provided news from Wombwell Ings. There were five shelduck, seven shoveler, two teal, two great crested grebe, a little grebe, two redshank, two oystercatcher, four lapwing, a sparrowhawk and four skylark. Thanks Alan!

    A beautiful yellowhammer from Roland Rodgerson. Thanks Roland!

    John Seeviour tweeted some sightings from Bolton Ings today. There was a grasshopper warbler singing in front of the hide, seven chiffchaff, nine willow warbler, five blackcap, a whitethroat and a willow tit (hooray!). Thanks John!

    Early birds at Old Moor might have seen eight avocet, a ruff, a little ringed plover, two common sandpiper, a Med. gull, a pintail, a Cetti’s warbler, five lesser and two whitethroat.

    On Green Lane today there were fairly regular sightings of willow warbler, chiffchaff and a male blackcap. A male orange-tip was also seen here today.

    Near Field Pool East a lesser whitethroat was recorded and on Wath Ings were oystercatcher, little ringed plover, male pintail and Med. gull.

    On the Mere were three common sandpiper and from the Wader Scrape came reports of two shelduck, four avocet and a further two avocet over.

    A majestic bittern from the remarkable Mr Ian Butler. Thanks Ian!

    Meanwhile, on the Reedbed Trail a female bittern was seen flying from near the hide to the reeds near the screen twice within fifteen minutes. She was then seen later heading towards the Observation Hide. Finally, another bittern sighting was recorded at 13:30 to the right of the screen. That’s a fair bit of bittern action folks and you know what I’m thinking…

    Also over the reedbeds today a hobby was seen chasing down sand martins!

    All this and the sun has just come out for any lucky souls around Old Moor for a late visit. I envy them but I have plenty of ‘homework’ this evening…

    So, barring any last minute additions, that’s the summary for today. Shame it wasn’t summery but there you go! Until next time.