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4:45pm 30-04-2017
Ken Varley
I have had a bird in my garden today that I have never seen before.

I have identified it as being a crested tit

According to my book, we don't get them in Teesside. Could I be correct or is there something similar in the area that Imight have seen.
9:30am 30-04-2017
Lockhart
Most of yesterday's sightings from Saltholme have already been posted on twitter by others. The one I haven't seen mentioned is a greenshank, which was on the flashes beyond Paddy's around 3pm.
6:29am 30-04-2017
Jerry Lee
Two swallows flying over palladium road shops Middlesbrough 0830
My firsts of the year yesterday
11:52pm 29-04-2017
Andrew Rackstraw
I have put out three nestboxes in my garden two standard , one robin. No takers but a blackbird has three half grown chicks just above the robin box and woodpigeons happily nesting in garden tree. I will keep trying
7:48pm 29-04-2017
P Davenport
Common Terns back at Portrack. Common Sandpiper on the riverbank. Six species of warbler in Maze Park: Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat.
9:59pm 28-04-2017
Emma Wood
A delightful afternoon birdwatching in Quarry Woods and Preston Park, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees.

I know this is a common bird but saw my first Mallard ducking of the year swimming with its parents on the River Tees.
More beautiful woodland birds such as Chiffchaff, Bullfinches, Greenfinch, Long Tailed Tits etc.
Also bird of pray (I believe a Buzzard x2) flying over Preston Park this afternoon.

Also thought I'd seen a Whitethroat in the woods too.
7:10pm 28-04-2017
P Davenport
Little Ringed Plover on the edge of the flooded plain near the Middlesbrough College football pitches.
6:58pm 27-04-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme R.S.P.B Reserve
All areas of the reserve produced a good variety of species once again, including the arrival of Blackcap, Grasshopper Warblers singing around the Discovery Area and Haverton. Also large numbers of Sedge Warblers singing and showing well in the reed bed beside the Workshop. Marsh Harrier seen been mobbed by Rooks and Jackdaws between Paddy's hide and Haverton Gate.
Paddy's Hide and Wetlands are still producing large numbers of Shelduck 70+, Avocet 20+, Shoveller c20, numbers appear to have declined from previous weeks.
Saltholme Hide produced a Large number of Black-tailed Godwit 90+, Common Sandpiper x 1, Wheatear x 4 showing well on the Concrete blocks of the Sluice gate directly outside of hide, Avocet x 9 numbers remaining stable at the moment, Pintail x 1, Ringed Plover were observed here and Paddy's. Gadwall numbers are still high through-out the reserve where as numbers of Teal and Wigeon are declining.
12:02am 26-04-2017
charles
thanks to you lads for the information about Kildale and Tilery wood.
7:31pm 25-04-2017
MR ROBERT SMITH
Dunlin spotted at prissick sports field behind the veldrome Middlesbrough, Ive never seen this bird before so to see it in Middlesbrough was magic
6:07pm 25-04-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB
Weather is cold, wet and windy and summer visitors are in hiding. However a male Marsh Harrier passed through at about 8.30 this morning and I believe was not seen again. On the duck front Gadwall appear to be increasing while Wigeon continue to leave. About 20 Wigeon remained on Back Saltholme and more than 60 Gadwall were present and not all sites were checked. Teal and Shoveler number about 20 each but Shelduck numbered more than 80 birds. The usual numbers of Grebes and Egrets were present and the Grey Herons blotted their copybook by killing and eating a Water Vole. Other mammals included a Hare at Saltholme Hide and a Fox at the Wildlife Watchpoint (it was too cold for the cubs to make an appearance). Waders are thankfully increasing and well over 100 Black Tailed Godwits were present. 16 Avocets were on Saltholme Pools and also present was Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Snipe and Common Sandpiper. Wheatears were in the fields on the way to Saltholme Hide and Reed and Sedge Warblers were singing but keeping well hidden. A Water Rail was senn well at the Wildlife Watchpoint early on and was heard again during the day. Thanks to the Hide Guides and Guests for providing the information contained in this report
9:43pm 23-04-2017
Mark Fishpool
8 reeling Grasshopper Warblers at South Gare this evening after 8.15pm, including one showy bird singing from the top of a hawthorn. In the area between the back of the old lagoon and the Blast Furnace Pools. Also steady passage of Swallows and two House Martins.
9:28am 23-04-2017
Mark Fishpool
At least 7 Ring Ouzels at Hummersea this morning in horse field near Coastguard Cottages. Also Little Owl and Whitethroat. Cuckoo calling at Scaling Dam in nature reserve viewed from hide. Also 2 LRP by hide.
5:48pm 22-04-2017
Lockhart and others
Today's Saltholme highlights:

Buzzard on the drive to the reserve, on a fence post in the field opposite the sub-station.

40-odd species from Saltholme hide, with obvious highlights including a yellow wagtail, a ruff, 20+ black-tailed godwit (many coming into breeding plumage), a snipe, at least 17 avocets and a couple of great-crested grebes.

I didn't make it to Paddy's but have heard about a few pintail, plus more waders (avocets included) and waterfowl on the wet grassland. A peregrine was seen there in the morning. Water rail reported at WWP.

At least two sedge warblers singing, near the discovery zone and beside the workshop.

Several wheatears reported on the grassland.

Thanks to others for their sightings.
7:00pm 21-04-2017
Lesley Short
Great spotted woodpecker
Burn Valley Hartlepool
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