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8:03pm 19-04-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve 19th April.
A very sunny day brought visitor numbers up after all the previous bad weather. The Main Lake provided two good attractions in the way of a Ring Necked Duck, and two Black-necked Grebe giving good views all day, also present were Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe.
Saltholme Hide had increased numbers of Avocets x 20+, Pochard, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover x 4 (two of which were very close to the hide in full mating mode), Pintail x 2. All other pools had the usual and geese waterfowl. There were also a good variety of birds of prey present throughout the Reserve with Buzzard x 2 at Haverton and fly overs of SEO, Sparrow Hawk, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and Kestrel. Numbers of Shelduck, Shoveller are on the increase.
A solitary Mediterranean Gull arrived mid afternoon at Paddy's Pool. In total there were species throughout the reserve.
I must thank my colleagues Neil Hutton, Arthur Truby and the many visitors for sharing their sightings
7:50pm 19-04-2018
Rex Earnshaw
Little Owl at far end of Cowpen Bewley, thanks for info on Dave's walk on Tuesday I went straight to it .
7:45pm 19-04-2018
Richard Cheater
Andy
Many thanks. I know where you mean. I will walk round tomorrow.
Richard
7:28am 19-04-2018
Rex Earnshaw
Scaling dam, LRP and willow warblers everywhere
10:19pm 18-04-2018
Stewy Swales
Three Mistle Thrush fledglings today in Cowpen Bewley village, parents very protective!
8:20pm 18-04-2018
andy durrant
rchrdchtr sorry for late reply The ring ouzels were spotted near the craggy area 2/3 hundred yards on the road leading to Baysdale abbey. ( easy place to park on the side of the road ) good viewing but very flighty.
8:56am 18-04-2018
Edna
Sleddale Chevrons. Male Ring Ouzel right beside the car.
6:11pm 17-04-2018
RchrdChtr
Andy please can you give me the Ring Ouzel location. I live in Kildale. Thanks
10:41pm 16-04-2018
Chris Rymer
Highlights from Saltholme on Monday. At Phil Stead hide first thing a male Garganey was showing well then hid for the rest of the day. A pair of Great Crested Grebes put on a display for visitors at the Wildlife Watchpoint. A Marsh Harrier was observed a couple of times and Swallows and Sand Martins numbers increasing. Little Gulls seen from East Saltholme. Good variety on the wet grassland from Paddys Hide with x39 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff and good numbers of wildfowl.
7:40pm 16-04-2018
Christine Corbett
Willow warbler singing at Maze Park, lots of tawny mining bees flying low over meadow at Portrack Marsh (next to riverside tarmac path) and 5 sand martins seen flying over the river by Portrack Marsh.
10:34am 16-04-2018
Malcolm Hassall
Common Sandpiper 10:25 Bowesfield Horse lake - with Redshanks. No sign of Mandarins
9:17pm 15-04-2018
Rex Earnshaw
Bowsfield marsh 17.00 what looked like a freshly killed mute swan , lots of feathers everywhere and head and neck gone. Dogs / fox ?
8:31pm 15-04-2018
andy durrant
Ring ouzels still showing really well at Kildale upto seven seen tonight
5:40pm 15-04-2018
Lockhart
Black-necked grebe still showing well at Paddy's Hole, South gare, around 16:00 today.
4:21pm 15-04-2018
Maurice local
The long eared owl at south Gare came in off the sea at about 11.15am
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