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  • Monday and the Sightings from Old Moor....

    Hello, I haven't seen the book today so the sightings  are taken solely from the Barnsley Birders via Twitter (@Barnsleybsg).

    This evening - a barn owl, a peregrine and 7 black tailed godwits.

    This afternoon on Wath Ings there was a jack snipe and 4 spotted redshanks.

    Also seen today at Old Moor were 75 pink footed geese, 8 little egrets, 8 ruff, 5 dunlin and 6 goldcrest were seen on Green Lane!

    Broomhill - 4 ruff, 4 dunlin and a green sandpiper.

    Adwick  - a little egret, a black tailed godwit, 8 grey partridge and 20 meadow pipits.

    Bolton Ings - marsh harrier, 7 black tailed godwits and a male stonechat.

    Wombwell - 180 golden plover, 3 ruff and 2 grey wagtails.

    That's it for the now for a few photos.

    The sightings of stonechats at Old Moor have been great lately. Here's a photo of a male from Philip Smith, thank you Philip.

    'Riggsy' also got a stonechat photo, this time with the male and the female. Thanks very much!

    Another lovely photo of the stonechats was taken by Dennis Hayhurst, thank you Dennis :)

    A final stonechat pic from 'Stew'.... a dramatic fly past bu the female whilst the male takes no notice! Thank you Stewart.

    The weather was warm last week which meant we still have sightings of dragonflies. Here's a great close up of a darter taken by Bill W, thank you Bill :) 

    Christopher Bell shared this fab pic of a kestrel taken from the Family Hide at the weekend. Thanks very much Christopher!

    From Frank Austin, a very smart looking teal taken on Wath Ings, thanks Frank :) 

    Finally from me, a little egret from the Wader Scrape taken yesterday. It's a bit unusual to have a little egret with such yellow lores (the space between the eye and the base of the bill of a bird)...

    And a close up of the head and those yellow lores.

  • The Sightings on Saturday 18th...

    Hello, I spent a couple of hours at a warm & windy Old Moor this afternoon, very nice it was too!

    Quite a few people told of many birds of prey sightings form Wath Ings so I'll start the sightings there, it sounds amazing!

    Wath Ings/main Mere - 3 buzzards, 2 marsh harriers, a hobby going south, 7 sparrowhawks (wow.... not sure if there were all there at the same time or separate sightings...), kestrel, 4 spotted redshank, 1 redshank, 7 ruff, 7 dunlin, 1000+ golden plover, 900 + lapwing, a kingfisher, 2 grey herons, 130+ shovelor, 31 cormorants, 280 wigeon, a juv little grebe, 3 little egret and a cormorant.  

    Reedbed screen - a kingfisher at the bottom of the channel, a coot, a mute swan who had a bit of a bumpy landing in the channel, a wren and several sightings of a weasel darting back and forth on the banking to the right of the screen.

    Family Hide - wigeon, teal, lapwing and linnets.

    Bird Garden (that I saw) - greenfinches, great and blue tits, chaffinches and a robin.

    2 stonechats were seen and also a pied wagtail - both of no fixed abode but probably in the reedbeds for the stonechats. Migrant hawker dragonflies were also seen around the reserve.

    That's it for the sightings today so here are a few photos.

    From Bridgeman (Keith) a lovely pic of a singing robin, thank you Keith! 

    From Martin Dodd, two mallards in need of a caption on Wath Ings! 

    From Frank Austin, a sparrowhawk hunting on Wath Ings, thank you Frank.

    From me....

    A wren from the reedbed screen today.

    And a lapwing from the Family Hide..... nice hairdo :)

    That's it for today, have a lovely evening... 

  • It's Friday and here are the Sightings...

    Hello, a big thanks go to Lauren in the Visitor Centre for emailing me the sightings from the book today!

    Here they are....

    Bird Garden: Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow, Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Magpie, Pheasant, Mallard and a Stock Dove.

    Wath Ings: Approx 1032 Golden Plover, approx 236 Lapwing,7  Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank,4  Dunlin and a  Kingfisher.

    Family Hide: Peregrine (juv), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Common Gull (x2), Lesser Black-backed Gull (x2), Pied Wagtail, Little Egret, Pochard (male), Grey Heron and 3 Stock Dove.

    Bittern Hide: Kingfisher, Stonechat (x2) – showing really well and a Green Woodpecker. 

    Green Lane: 5 Redwing  flew over, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Blue tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch (c.12 flew over), Greenfinch (c.15 flew over) and a  Chiffchaff.

    Wader Scrape: Stoat

    Field Pool East:  3 snipe.

    A few photos... 

    A fab close up of a grey heron from Philip Smith. Thank you Philip! 

    Two photos coming up from 'Riggsy.' Thank you very much too!

    First, 2 of the stonechats showing well at OM at the moment from the reedbeds.

    Lovely to have such a gorgeous pic of one of our tree sparrows, thanks again to Riggsy.

    Kingfishers are still showing well around the reserve. Here is one from the bittern hide taken by John Sanderson.

    Our final pic is from Frank Austin, a barn owl taken this week from Wath Ings, thanks Frank! 

    That's it, have a lovely evening :)