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  • Belated....

    Hello, here are the sightings from yesterday which are taken solely from the Barnsley Birders on twitter...

    Great news that a bittern was seen yesterday afternoon at Old Moor! There was a whooper swan on the Mere first thing, it then flew off towards Bolton Ings.

    Also seen on Old Moor (Wath Ings)  were - 522 golden plover, 233 lapwing, 4 black tailed godwits, 2 spotted redshank and 2 snipe. A male & female stonechat were seen in the redbeds.

    On Bolton Ings there were - 62 shovelor, 3 black tailed godwits and a male and a female stonechat.

    On Broomhill there were 3 goldeneye, 6 dunlin and a ruff.

    56 pink footed geese were seen over Adwick at 10.40am.

    There were 600 golden plover and 3 pintail on Edderthorpe.

    Keith Pickering emailed this photo of a grey heron with a HUGE catch on Wath Ings. It didn't/couldn't swallow it ...... thank you Keith.

    From Bridgeman a lovely autumnal photo of bramble leaves, thank you Keith!

    Finally ... it's that time of year and thanks go to Bill W for this great close up of a spider 'hanging out' in one of the field pool hides.... :)

    Hope you all have a good weekend... :)

  • Whoopers....

    Hello, the sightings  are once again taken solely from the Barnsley Birders via twitter.

    26 whooper swans were on Old Moor yesterday and today there has been one at Old Moor and one at Wombwell. Whooper swans are mainly winter visitors from Iceland - here is the RSPB info about them! 

    Yesterday there were 3 goldeneye on Broomhill and they were still there today. Also on Broomhill today were 3 ruff and 5 dunlin.

    This morning at 9.35am, 22 pink footed geese were heading south over Old Moor and later this afternoon 110 of these geese flew over Hoyland Common ( not too far away from OM!).

    Also seen at OM today were a stonechat, a peregrine and a spotted redshank.

    Adwick - 3 whooper swans flew over at 9.50am and a male stonechat was also seen there.


    Keith Pickering emailed me a photo of a few of the whoopers at OM yesterday, thank you Keith!

    Keith also sent a photo of a peregrine,  thanks again Keith.

    Ken Sykes shared a photo of a blackbird 'hiding' on Green Lane, thank you Ken.

    From Andrew, a photo of one of the buzzards that have been seen lately over Old Moor, thank you Andrew.

    From Heather R, a photo of a 'grumpy' looking heron on Wath Ings, looks like my fav heron to me, thank you Heather!

    Lovely to see a photo of a goldcrest at Old Moor, thanks go to Keith Webster for he photo.

    Albert Ross shared a photo of a little egret with a fish with us,  thank you Albert!

    That's it, have a good evening.

  • 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.