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5:59pm 19-08-2017
Lockhart and others
Saltholme today:

Brief summary of the night heron saga, at least the bits I know about. Spotted this morning, when it appeared at Bottom Tank (not sure if this was before or after it flew past the visitor centre). Then reported flying in the direction of the WWP, but I haven't heard any reliable reports of it actually being seen there. Reappeared briefly at Phil Stead/Bottom Tank shortly after 13:00. Flew to Saltholme West, then to Saltholme East. From there (13:30ish), it flew in the direction of the Fire Station Field and Bottom Tank, but nobody seems to have been able to pick it up again. It's not clear whether it went into the trees or kept flying, so it might reappear tomorrow, or someone might report it on the Humber. FWIW, I've seen a couple of photos from people lucky enough to see it (I wasn't one of them), and it didn't have any leg rings.

Other significant highlights included a quite confiding spotted flycatcher, visible from the path between Phil Stead and the Fire Station field, and Adam finding a garganey on Back Saltholme, around 15:30. Fair numbers of dunlin around but not many other waders (I saw two black-tailed godwits, and a young LRP), waterfowl clearly on the rise.
10:03am 19-08-2017
Malcolm Hassall
10 Fieldfares nr Saltergill Woods Kirklevington 09:10
8:35pm 18-08-2017
stephen boothroyd
if you req views of cross bills on sutton bank take the malton road road cut through and follow the wass bank road park about a mile down road and walk to right hand side woods any where on there will provide views of crossbill
8:46pm 17-08-2017
Neil Hutton
Saltholme today started dull and damp at 8am, but turned out a lovely sunny and warm day, and visitors made the most of it. At Saltholme hide a kingfisher did a fly by virtually taking the curved path of the viewing side allowing everyone present a glimpse of its blue flash. All four Egyptian geese were on show after an apparent absence for a few days, and 2 black swans were present. Wader numbers were low with just 2 godwit and 2 dunlin, though lapwings(100+) and curlew(50+) continue their reappearance. Likewise wigeons are increasing with probably 300 now mainly on Saltholme west.
Paddy's pool had 2 juvenile ruff and this time near views of them on the perimeter of the pool near the reeds on the right hand side. Three snipe showed in a similar position alongside 6 teal and as many little grebe. Sparrowhawk and kestrel hunted above the pool.
The watchpoint still has reed warblers and today a willow warbler was visiting the area near the feeders. A whitethroat was seen in the bushes on the way to the hide. A seasonal show of sand martins and swallows on the fences around the Phil Stead hide show the itchy feet anticipation of long journeys imminent. A sparrowhawk noted this, as did 3 snipe. Two adult water rails showed, one accompanied by a chick.
7:47pm 17-08-2017
peter dodsworth
back at henley witnessed red kite almost land on collared dove while visiting last years nest.kite made no attempt to catch.and dove wasnt worreied
8:27am 17-08-2017
malolm brown
For the first time i saw a kingfisher take a sprat from Kafiga landings just off the deep water berth in old Hartlepool. 10 august 2017
3:23pm 16-08-2017
Barn Owl hunting at Brotton yesterday am and 3 buzzards on same field 5 minutes later.
6:54pm 15-08-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB
A quiet day for many of the rarity hunters who arrived. The White Rumped Sandpiper was present early on but it proved elusive and only about five observers obtained views of the bird. It moved on and could not be relocated.
Wildfowl continue to increase and Wigeon numbers have risen to about 200. 129 Gadwall were seen and upto 30 Teal and 30 Shoveter were present on Saltholme Pools. The usual Egrets and Grebes provided some interest. Wader numbers are lower than usual for the time of year but this appears to be a National problem. Seen today were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Golden Plover (another sign of autumn) 200 Lapwing, 20 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe and 60 Curlew. A Short Eared Owl was reported from the Haverton area. Thanks to the Hide Guides and visitors for the information contained in this report.
5:53pm 15-08-2017
Keith Ferry
Buzzard being mobbed by crows as it flew out of Linthorpe cemetery
4:06pm 15-08-2017
Jerry Lee
2skeins of geese & kestrel over Eston 6am
7:16pm 14-08-2017
Graeme Boddy
Tilery wood this afternoon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cross bill x3, Siskin x2 and Common Buzzard all within 100 yards of the car park. Not a lot more in a further 2 hours
10:07pm 13-08-2017
Seamer 13 August. Nuthatch on peanuts this afternoon. Only the second one seen in ten years
9:46pm 13-08-2017
Emma Wood
Out of Area - North Yorkshire - Today

Turtle Dove still showing at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre this evening, along with 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a couple of Siskins. Usual Tit species showing as well.

Wass Forest (very nearer Helmsley) - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker spotted in the fir trees towards the back of the forest. Also lots of Treecreepers, Goldcrest's, Siskins, many of the Tit species, Chiffchaff and possibly a Spotted Flycatcher too. Was looking out for the Crossbills but unfortunately didn't see them. Definitely worth visiting!
12:19pm 13-08-2017
Mike Tucker
2 Buzzards over Errington Wood this morning.
10:47pm 12-08-2017
Chris Rymer
Saltholme Highlights for Saturday. A Spotted Flycatcher was spotted early doors on the Fire Station Path, at Phil Stead Water rail was seen briefly with the chick revealing itself from time to time and several Black-tailed Godwits. At Paddy's a Greenshank was reported and a Wheatear was seen on the path to the Sheep Shed. At Saltholme Hide a Marsh Harrier was seen flying from Dorman's Pool, a Ruff late-on and more Godwits. Water Fowl numbers are on the rise with hundreds of Gadwall, several Shovelers and Wigeon starting to return.
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