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6:03pm 28-06-2017
Adrienne and Pete S
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday:
The cold, wet weather deterred visitors, but the birds were showing well.
There was a good range of waders among 34+ species at the Saltholme hide: 1 oystercatcher, 6 avocet, 5 redshank, 2 greenshank (summer plumage), 2 ringed plover, 2 little ringed plover, 2 common sandpiper, a black tailed godwit and 6 curlew. The black swan, 4 little egrets, 1 sedge warbler and 2 barnacle geese were also seen there.
In terms of ducks, 6 shelduck, 4 gadwall, 4 teal and two broods of tufted duck (one with 10 ducklings) were seen from Paddy's hide. A violent fight between 2 moorhens was brought to an end by the intervention of 2 coots.
There were 6 great crested grebe and 2 large chicks at Saltholme and a little grebe with 3 young chicks at the Wildlife Watchpoint, where a juvenile water rail, reed warbler, tree sparrow, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, reed bunting, 2 lesser black back gulls and 1 water vole were also seen. The little grebe were trying unsuccessfully to get on the parent's back and one stole a large fish from the parent's mouth and swallowed it whole.
Unfortunately, a fox was sighted within the perimeter fence and one was seen walking alongside the VC lake.
Common terns seemed to be doing well, both at Paddy's and on the VC Lake. Thanks to our few visitors for conversation and sightings.
3:24pm 27-06-2017
Valda Walker
Pleased to see four fully fledged Song thrushes on the lawn together this morning .
10:10pm 26-06-2017
Painted Lady (Butterfly) in Saltburn today.
4:12pm 26-06-2017
Tony Marron
Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Tees Health Trust, Flatts Lane, 05:30 today. Still lot's of Chiffchaff about & Whitethroat also singing!
11:59am 26-06-2017
02.00 Sunday. Barn owl hunting in fields at top of Redcar lane.it landed on the guisbro music advertising board situated near roundabout.
8:41am 25-06-2017
Richard H
South Gare 8.30pm yesterday
1 Little Tern, fishing. 3 Common Tern, fishing. 3 Gannet, fishing.
20+ Oystercatcher. 10+ Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin.
3:28pm 24-06-2017
Ian Robinson
30 Blackwits at Saltholme Hide
6:43pm 21-06-2017
Peter & Adrienne S
Saltholme RSPB
Torrential rain first thing meant that the Swfts, Swallows and Martins were flying low. This rain later gave way to a hot and humid day. Over 50 species of birds were seen during the day. Highlights included a Kingfisher at Haverton View point , Green and Wood Sandpipers at Paddy's on the wet grassland and 3 Black Tailed Godwits at Saltholme pools. Tern chicks are hatching on the island at Paddy's pool.
The ducks are continuing their moult , so testing everyone's identification skills. There were over 50 Shelducks on the wet grassland, over 40 Gadwall on Saltholme pools, Tufted Ducks and Pochard, with a small number of Teal, Wigeon, and Shoveler.
Other waders seen were Avocets (10+ on wet grassland) , Oyster Catchers, Little Ringed Plovers, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin (4 in summer plumage from Saltholme Hide), and Lapwings.
A Water Rail with chicks was seen again at the Wildlife Watchpoint, along with 2 Water Voles. 8 Great Crested Grebes were seen on Saltholme pools and 3 adult sized GCG chicks on the Visitor Centre Lakes. 2 Barnacle Geese were seen as well as the Black Swan. The only raptor seen was a Kestrel.
Thanks to the hide guides, visitors and wardens for providing the information in this report
7:35pm 20-06-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB
Many of the ducks are now moulting and the drab eclipse plumage will be here for the foreseeable months. Numbers are still low but Gadwall still number over 80 birds with Tufted Duck on 46 and Shelduck 45 although some of the birds are now hidden in the deep grass. Wigeon 5, Teal 5, Shoveler and Pochard 3 each completes the recordable duck counts. The Black Swan still remains on West Saltholme. 8 Little Egrets were counted but all the Grebes seen were adults. A Marsh Harrier was present from the Wildlife Watchpoint but on the views obtained the age and sex of the bird remained a mystery. The only other raptor present was Kestrel. Wader species seen were down with 4 Oystercatcher, 6 Avocet, 46 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 22 Black Tailed Godwits and 3 Redshank. The Water Rail showed with young at the Wildlife Watchpoint where the Reed Warblers were also performing. Many thanks to the Hide Guides and visitors for providing the information contained in this report.
12:07am 20-06-2017
Maurice Local
A further thanks to Bert, John & Don for giving 53 people an excellent nights viewing of at least 3 nightjars, tawny owl, jay and 2 tree pipits. One has to appreciate the preparation that went into giving us this great nights viewing.
A big thanks from all who attended.
11:40pm 19-06-2017
Mike Tucker
At least two Nightjars seen tonight, thanks to Bert and the team for expert organisation.
8:48pm 19-06-2017
neil readman
two large raptors possibly Buzzards seen twice around Westworth wood
possibly with nest due to the noise they make unable to get close due to it being a private wood last sighting was tonight at 19-00 will be there tomorrow at same time with camera
6:13pm 18-06-2017
peter dodsworth
should have said thats the dishforth turning. see a lot of dead badgers 1st otter ive ever seen run over
5:27am 18-06-2017
Rex Earnshaw
4-30 at Seizergh Castle to see a pair of Hawfinch was a good start to fathers day
1:31am 18-06-2017
Chris Rymer
Highlights from Saltholme on Saturday. Red-necked Grebe on the Allotment Pool, many thanks to Barbara. Marsh Harrier over the Wildlife Watchpoint. Water Voles seen around there during the day. At Phil Stead hide one each of Black-tailed Godwit and Avocet. One Arctic Tern seen from Paddy's. At Saltholme Hide Little-ringed Plover, Curlew and Redshank.
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