• Three Out of Four - Sightings, 20 Nov.

    Is there anything finer than coming in to the warm on a cold and wet day, after being out seeing some incredible birds? Luckily in the Dearne Valley today, you could do both!

    Here’s the summary from Old Moor…

    In among the yellowing leaves of Old Moor’s Bird Garden, a grey wagtail has now become a regular sight. Cyril Turner managed to catch him mid-strut. Thanks Cyril.

    Grey wagtail on a better day…

    • 20 Nov 2018
  • Tundra Bean Goose - 19th Nov

    Hello again, the excitement at Old Moor today has been about the arrival and good views of a Tundra Bean Goose. If you click on this link to a post on Twitter, hopefully you will get a good view of it too. Thanks to Ryan McClarence for sharing his photo on Twitter. 

    Here's the sightings summary from today - click on the image for a larger and sharper view.... It seems to have shrunk a bit in the upgrade, but time will tell…

    • 19 Nov 2018
  • On and Around - Sightings, 18-11-18

    It was another busy Sunday at Old Moor with some intriguing sightings from both ‘on’ the reserve and ‘around’ it. But first the summary…

    Gary Stones provide the sightings from Adwick Washland today. His report is here and includes some terrific photos of dunlin and buzzard. Thanks Gary.

    At Old Moor, the day’s ‘headliners’ were sparrowhawk (Bird Garden and Wath Ings), peregrine (pylon and…

    • 18 Nov 2018
  • Welcome Volunteer Blog

    Morning everybody, I'm posting a blog on behalf of Ivy Sheryn who is the new Membership Recruitment Manager at Old Moor. She is  currently looking for some 'Welcome Volunteers' to join her team. 

    A day being a Welcome Volunteer

    I start my day at 9am when I walk into our Visitor Centre at Old Moor. Before I can start doing anything I make myself a cup of coffee as need my wakeup jolt in the mornings! Then I go…

    • 16 Nov 2018
  • Bags of Character - Sightings, 15 Nov.

    Yet another mild and bright day in the Dearne Valley made for some great watching. Here’s a summary of the birds seen at Old Moor today…

    At Bolton Ings, John Seeviour recorded: two mute swan and a juvenile, two little grebe, one great crested grebe, five mallard, two gadwall, one teal, forty-seven tufted duck, five pochard and 350 coot. With them were six cormorant, three grey heron, three herring gull,…

    • 15 Nov 2018
  • A Modest Murm - Sightings, 13 Nov.

    Hi Folks! It seems that our wonderful technical folk have got the new and improved Community platform up and running. And earlier than expected too! So, to give it a bit of a test, here are today's sightings...

    As ever, sightings news from Bolton Ings came via John Seeviour and can be found here. Thanks John.

    Jeff Wragg reported from Broomhill Flash that there were twenty-four snipe, one jack snipe, six red-legged…

    • 13 Nov 2018
  • Fresh Paint - Sightings, 6 Nov.

    Evening Folks. Here's a summary of the birds seen today at Old Moor and Edderthorpe...

    Before I forget, first a bit of news. It seems that the RSPB’s technical folks are about to redecorate this part of the website. Between the 12th and the 18th of November, our community pages are to receive a lick of paint - or ‘upgrade’ if you prefer.

    What this means for us is that, from the 8th November,…

    • 7 Nov 2018
  • Small AND Far Away - Sightings, 4 Nov.

    Old Moor’s standards are so high that a day where “only” fifty-four species of bird were seen, seemed - well, a bit “quiet”. Look closer, of course, and things were anything but.

    Here’s a summary of what was seen today…

    Over at Adwick Washland, Nigel Smith reported a comprehensive list of birds including a good range of gulls and thirteen fieldfare. His summary can be found…

    • 5 Nov 2018
  • Stories & Sightings - 2nd Nov

    Hello again, it has been an absolutely stunning day at Old Moor with glorious sunshine, many sightings and a few stories!

    Here's the sightings summary from today. As per usual, click on the photo for a larger and sharper view. 

    From the satellite sites today I have news from Bolton Ings via John Seeviour. This is what he saw - 2 mute swans with 2 juvs, one little grebe, 16 mallard, 1 tufted duck, 3 male pochard…

    • 3 Nov 2018
  • And Redpolls - Sightings, 1 Nov.

    Some folk call that time, just before sunset, the ‘golden hour’ and today at Old Moor there was a perfect example. Yes, the rest of the day was fairly overcast, but that final hour more than made up for it!

    Here’s the summary of what was seen today…

    You can see above some headlines from Edderthorpe and Broomhill with the picture from Bolton being provided by John Seeviour via Twitter here

    • 2 Nov 2018
  • 2 Jack Snipe, Beardies & a Beginning... - Sightings 31st oct

    Hello again, before I explain my title, here's the summary of today at Old Moor. As per usual, a click on the image will give a larger and sharper view.

    So to my title. Today watchers were delighted to find 2 jack snipe from the hide at Wath Ings. One was very distant and at the back - best views were had from a scope. The second one was a bit nearer and was seen from the right hand side of the hide. Again, the…

    • 1 Nov 2018
  • Nine Layers - Sightings, 30 Oct

    One fellow volunteer at Old Moor, summed the day up well. She said, “A week ago it was t-shirts, today it’s nine layers!” But despite the nip in the air, there were some good sightings out there. Here’s a summary of what was seen…

    The news from Edderthorpe came courtesy of Graham Speight whose sightings can be found here. Thanks Graham.

    Colin and Linda Gaham shared news of a jack snipe…

    • 31 Oct 2018
  • Three Jacks? - Sightings, 28 Oct

    The morning after the clocks went back turned out to be a brilliantly sunny one. Hundreds of especially well-rested visitors enjoyed the sights of Old Moor. Here’s what they saw…

    On the Field Pool, it was probably a male kingfisher that got most attention. Throughout the morning he worked his way up and down the pools to the left of Field Pool West Hide - or the right of Field Pool East. By all accounts…

    • 29 Oct 2018
  • October WEX - Bird ID!

    Hello again, it's once again time for our monthly WEX blog. This month it's just from Freddie, but Evelyn says hello and she'll be back next month.

    It sounds like they had a great meeting and I'll hand over straight away to the writing from Freddie. It's a great read & what a fantastic imaginary bird!

    Thanks Freddie :) 

    • 27 Oct 2018
  • Shortening Days - Sightings, 25 Oct

    It was yet another terrific day in the Dearne Valley with some truly remarkable wildlife sightings. Here’s a summary of what was seen at Old Moor and Broomhill Flash today…

    As ever, John Seeviour provided the picture from Bolton Ings. His sightings can be found here. Thanks John.

    And before I get on with my ramblings, there’s only a few days before Old Moor hosts a Dusk Walk event. So, if you are…

    • 26 Oct 2018
  • No Argument - Sightings, 23 Oct

    Evening Folks! It was a day of great contrasts in the Dearne Valley today: bright sunshine yet a leaden sky. And pretty breezy! Here’s a summary of what was seen at Old Moor…

    The news from Bolton Ings was provided by John Seeviour and can be found here. Thanks John. It was especially good to hear of a few more golden plover and those bittern flights of course.

    At Old Moor, the pace of change seems to…

    • 24 Oct 2018
  • Old Moor Sightings - 22nd Oct

    Hello there, what a gorgeous day we have had! Much chillier than yesterday but with stunning blue skies!

    This morning started off with golden light and mist coming off the water...just beautiful.

    I'll start with a tale from yesterday in the reedbeds. It was a brilliant morning to hear and see the bearded tits. They were pinging all over the place and when I phoned Karen (assistant warden), I think I used some wonderful…

    • 23 Oct 2018
  • More Than You Think - Sightings, 21 Oct.

    Once again, Old Moor was a very busy place today with visiting groups making journeys from Derby and Stourbridge to enjoy a terrific Sunday. Here’s the summary of what was seen…

    First of all – and with some relief – I’ll draw your attention to the number of bearded tit seen today. Sightings of these birds have been a bit sparse of late so it was great to hear from Karen that at least…

    • 22 Oct 2018
  • Beardies, Bitterns & Cetti's Warblers... Sightings 20th Oct

    Hello again, it's been a lovely day at Old Moor, particularly from 3pm ish. The sun came out fully and gave everything a particularly golden glow which was just gorgeous!

    This is what I mean...

    Here is the sightings map from today. As per usual, click on the image for a sharper and larger view.

    The reedbeds seemed to be the place to be today and I spent most of my visit here too. The Cetti's warblers were singing…

    • 21 Oct 2018
  • Quick Update - Sightings, 18 Oct.

    It was a beautiful autumn day in the Dearne Valley today, beginning with mists and ending in bright sunshine. As always there was plenty to see around Old Moor. Here's a summary of what was seen today...

    For news from Wombwell, Bolton and Broomhill, you can do no better than have a read of Alan Whitehouse's blog entry on the Barnsley Birders website.

    Sadly, that's all I have for this evening. Until next time…

    • 19 Oct 2018
  • Bookcycle & Sightings, 16 Oct

    Evening Folks! Despite grey autumnal skies, there was plenty to see at Old Moor today. Here’s a summary…

    John Clarkson was at Edderthorpe today and his sightings can be found here. Thanks John.

    Peregrine falcon at Old Moor today

    There are lots of different ways to identify a bird and like most visitors to Old Moor, I’m always keen to learn more. So, when I spotted a bargain book in Old Moor’s café…

    • 17 Oct 2018
  • No Grey Phalarope - Sightings 15th Oct

    Hello again, the news today is that the grey phalarope wasn't seen at Old Moor today. It's been a lovely 3 weeks in which many people got to see it. So bon voyage to the lovely little bird and thanks for staying for so long!

    Here is a summary of the sightings from Old Moor. Thanks to those of you who wrote in the book, people on Twitter and volunteer Gerald for all the following sightings.

    As per usual, click…

    • 16 Oct 2018
  • Dampish - Sightings, 14 Oct.

    The day was more than a little damp in the Dearne Valley and yet, I’m glad to say there were plenty of folk visiting Old Moor today. Here’s a summary of what was seen…

    Sadly, it wasn’t really a day for photos so here’s one I saved from earlier in the week. Old Moor regular, Richard Turner, sent me the following photograph taken by his mate Cyril Turner. Thanks to both!

    - Which reminds…

    • 15 Oct 2018
  • Unexpected... Sightings 13th October

    Hello again, it's been a great day to be at Old Moor. Yes, it's been very windy but unexpectedly we had an afternoon with a lot of lovely sunshine. It was very warm and when I got back in my car, the temperature read a rather warm 23 Celsius! I had been expecting grey skies and rain...

    The grey phalarope was still with us today, that's over three weeks now which is amazing! It seems content and is moving and…

    • 14 Oct 2018
  • Slowly - Sightings, 11 Oct

    Evening Folks! Let’s start with a summary of what was seen at Old Moor today. My thanks to Paul Gould for helping with today's count...

    Some autumns are over in a flash. One minute summer, the next winter. But this one looks like it’s a ‘slow-burner’ - and those are the best sort.

    Tomorrow it’ll be an amazing three weeks since the grey phalarope dropped in to Old Moor. This fantastic…

    • 12 Oct 2018