Dearne Valley

Old Moor & Dearne Valley

Old Moor & Dearne Valley
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  • Wednesday and Thursday combined -30 & 31st July

    Somehow I seem to have lost a day, so I'll try to make up for it in this bumper sightings post.

    Black-tailed godwit count in the book for the last couple of days reached five on Wath Ings where there were also sightings of snipe, green sandpiper, little egret, common sandpiper, and a great white egret which was on site for most of Thursday except for a brief trip to Bolton Ings.

    On Wader Scrape were common sandpiper, snipe, dunlin, little ringed plover.

    A Jay and three green woodpeckers were seen at the entrance to the staff car park.

    On Green Lane there were reports of whitethroat, blackcap, willow warbler and reed warbler.

    In the bird garden were m/f bullfinch, m/f chaffinch, great tit, willow tit, m/f blackbird, magpie, blue tit, robin, wood pigeon, collared dove.

    Butterfly sightings seem to have dropped a little but we have been missing the sunshine of the last couple of weeks - sightings have included green veined white, large white, peacock, gatekeeper and holly blue.

    Other sightings of no fixed abode are - oystercatcher, lapwing and kestrel.

    A hybrid Canada x greylag goose was reported from field pool west.

    News from the satellite sites -

    • Edderthorpe - turnstone, dunlin, ringed plover, common sandpiper, curlew
    • Wombwell Ings - juvenile pergrine, little egret, garganey, linnet, pied wagtail, skylark

    That's it from the book and after seeing this fab picture from Jason I'm off to see the great white egret.


  • Sightings from Old Moor, Tuesdays 29th July

    Busy day today on the reserve with Tuesday Tales prooving as popular as ever so thanks to Chris and Bob, you can find them in their story tellinbg tent every Tuesday during the school holidays.

    Now onto the sightings, starting in the bird garden where we had great tit, magpie, blue tit, m/f bullfinch, m/f chaffinch and collared dove.

    On the mere there were sightings of great crested grebe, little grebe, green sandpiper, common sandpiper and cormorant.

    In the herb garden we had reports of comma, gatekeeper and peacock butterflies.

    From Wader Scrape there were reports of black tailed godwit, lesser black backed gull, common sandpiper, snipe, dunlin, kestrel, linnet and pied wagtail.

    Lapwings (c250), linnet and little egret were reported from the field pools.

    From Wath Ings there were sightings of snipe, oystercatcher, little egret, mute swan and black tailed godwit.

    And finally a reports from Adwick of little egret, ringed plover and a redstart!

    Thanks to everyone who put their sightings in the book today.


  • Sightings Monday 28th July

    Apologies for the slight delay in posting the sightings today but I was waiting for a positive ID on this fantastic water stick insect that was found by one of our younger visitors from the pond dipping platform today.

    Rumer and Cara Sanderson found this Ranatra linearis, whilst they are not rare, they hardly ever get caught by children who are pond dipping - so it was an unusual find. They are a predator which lurks in reeds and up to 5 cm long, plus that again for their tail which is actually a tube through which they breathe and adults can fly from pond to pond.

    The rest of the sightings starting on Wader Scrape where there were reports of common sandpiper, dunlin and snipe.

    From Wath Ings we had reports of green sandpiper, little egret, kingfisher, snipe, black tailed godwit and oystercatcher.

    Little egret were seen on the field pools.

    Willow warbler and garden warbler were reported from behind the Wader Scrape hide.

    Green sandpiper, common sandpiper and the now familiar barnacle goose were all seen on the mere.

    A sparrowhawk, a family of long tailed tits, Green woodpeckers, chiffchaff, blackcap, linnet and banded demoiselle were reported from Green Lane.

    Peacock and comma butterflies were reported from the wildlife garden.

    Bullfinch and reed bunting were reported from the bird garden.

    From elsewhere in the Dearne Valley a redstart was reported from Edderthorpe, and from Wombwell Ings there were egrets, little ringed plovers, dunlin and common sandpiper.

    Thank you to Jo Smith for another great photo of a puss moth caterpillar – I never get bored of looking at these.