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9:19pm 24-02-2017
Emma Wood
Preston Park, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees -

Usual array of woodland species, but very lovely to see!

Loads of Song Thrushes, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit. Grey Partridge and Phesent in the farmers field down Preston Lane. Lots of people in the park though, but very happy what I saw.
5:01pm 24-02-2017
Rex Earnshaw
Lockwood Beck. 16-30. 3x crossbill in trees half way down the lake past fisherman hut , plus tree creeper , LTT , gold crest , coal tit , GC grebe , + the usual suspects. Took 3 visits but finally got them .
12:33pm 24-02-2017
jjn
Female Gold crest in my garden, Birkdale road area of Hartburn Stockton.
J.
3:24pm 23-02-2017
Chris Oyston
Little egret in Saltburn beck near to the bridge at the wood end of the miniature railway line. 1.30pm today
7:57pm 22-02-2017
Andrew Rackstraw
Sorry 29 should have read 29 purple sandpipers.
7:55pm 22-02-2017
Andrew Rackstraw
Hartlepool Headland today out and about without binoculars ( had not planned to be birding) . However the birds were literally up to the town walls due to the weather. Highlight was 29 (twenty nine) sheltering on three rocks close to town wall . In addition 13 Eider all in immaculate plumage + calling . 150 oyster catchers , and about 15 curlew + assorted turnstones. Hartlepool marina what appeared to be a little grebe but as I say did have optics with me so could have been more exotic. Just as a footnote on the edge of the group of Eiders there appeared to be a potential hybrid I know obviously a lot of ducks are not too choosey but I am not sure if this is the case with Eiders. Obviously I will take my binoculars with me next time but I am sure the birds will be aware of this and disappear.
5:50pm 22-02-2017
Adrienne Simcock
Wednesday Saltholme highlights:
The wind blew strong and cold, but it was a bright day and 34 species were seen from the Saltholme hide. These included 1000+ wigeon, 200 teal, 200 lapwing, 100 curlew, a small flock of greylag geese, a few golden plover, 6 pintail, 4 pochard, 4 gadwall, 2 red breasted merganser, 2 goldeneye, 1 little grebe, 5 dunlin, 4 redshank, 3 little egret, 2 black tailed godwit, 2 oystercatcher, 1 lesser black backed gull and 2 reed bunting. Stonechat were seen on the path to the hide.
Out on the wet grassland, there were a lot of shelduck, some shoveler and a black tailed godwit, while the Phil Stead hide had 14 teal, 2 pintail, 6 gadwall, 4 tufted duck, 2 little grebe, a grey heron and glimpses of large flocks of lapwing and golden plover towards Greatham Creek.
The wind must have been too cold for the long eared owl as it wasn't seen, but a peregrine and a kestrel were out hunting.
Thanks to Maurice for counting all the Saltholme hide birds and for all the visitor sightings.
10:06pm 21-02-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB 21/02/17
Weather quite good but some of the winter visitors are beginning to depart. The Barnacle Goose flock is now reduced to about 60 birds and again no Greylag geese were seen from Saltholme hide. However in late aferternoon a flock of about 45 White Fronted Geese flew west and were observed from the Phil Stead Hide. Of the nine species of duck present the highlights included 74 Shoveler and 4 Goldeneye. 4 Little Grebes were seen from Saltholme Hide and afurther3 were seen on the main lake. A Peregrine and Kestrel were seen from Paddy's Hide and a Sparrowhawk from Saltholme Hide. The waders present included Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Golden Plove (reduced to 50 birds) and about 120 Curlew. On a slightly windy day no reports were received by me from Haverton. However 5 Waxwings usually found near to the car park proved popular. Thanks to the Hide Guides and visitors for the information contained in this report.
5:31pm 21-02-2017
Adam Jones
Dormans Pool (15:40): 2x Water Pipit and 83x Common Gull
11:32am 21-02-2017
Davd Pryse
18/2/17 Marton West Beck: Little Egret, first sighting of this particular bird since 4/1/17.
11:01pm 20-02-2017
Chris Rymer
Highlights from Saltholme today. x4 Waxwings around the Phil Stead hide in the morning, where the Back Swan was still present. No sign of the Long Eared Owl. However huge numbers of Waterfowl including Shoveler, Shelduck and Gadwall, a few Pintails around. A Merlin was spotted in. The morning and a Peregrine in the afternoon.
5:16pm 20-02-2017
Rex Earnshaw
Fox covert Redcar, looking for Lapland bunting ( failed) but put up a woodcock from the rough cover
2:21pm 20-02-2017
Maurice local
Only 4 Avocets at Greenabella at 2pm
2:06pm 20-02-2017
charlie
Does anyone know what sittings are at Skinningrove,up to this weekend.
1:18pm 20-02-2017
Amanda
Is the Eastern Black Redstart still present at Skinningrove please?
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