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10:04am 05-07-2018
June McIntyre
I saw 3 beautiful birds of prey gliding over Manor Estate Hartlepool yesterday 17.00hr before they headed off south binoculars are not that strong but think they were honey buzzards
6:31pm 04-07-2018
Pete Simcock
Saltholme Wednesday 4 July.
Cloud in the morning meant that the reserve was cool first thing, but this was burnt off by the afternoon . A cooling breeze blew through the Saltholme Hide, where a variety of waders were seen ; 2 Ruff, 8 Ringed Plovers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 10 Lapwing, 5 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank, 2 Avocet and 20 Black Tailed Godwits.
A Snipe was seen at Phil Stead hide.

At Paddy's pool hide, a few waders (2 Avocet , 4 Lapwing and 3 Oystercatchers) were present. Large numbers of Black headed Gulls have fledged and were noisily flying round the pools. A small number of common terns were sitting on their nests on the island. An occasional sortie by the resident Lesser Black Backed Gulls cause mayhem amongst the gulls and terns. A pair of Sandwich terns visited in the afternoon
Large numbers of Mute Swans (45) were counted at Saltholme, as well as coots (125). There were several broods of mallards around the reserve, but at Paddys there were 4 broods of Tufted Ducks with their attentive mothers.

The sunny weather has brought out the butterflies: Green Veined White, Large Skipper and Grayling being reported. Common Blue and Azure Blue Damsel Flies were seen. A Migrant Hawker dragonfly was also reported

On the mammal front , the highlight was the report of a Stoat chasing a young water rail chick at Haverton.

My thanks to my fellow hide guides and the visitors for their observations and reports
7:45pm 02-07-2018
Steve B.
Ropner Park, Stockton-on-Tees (pm)
Ring-necked parakeet x2 in trees around lake.
7:28pm 02-07-2018
To B Wells:

Apologies for the slow reply, i've been offline for a few days. Best option is to join the Teesmouth Bird Club outing this evening, but the crude answer is to investigate the relatively bare hillotps in the middle of Guisborough Forest and listen for calls. I was 1.5 - 2 km east of Highcliff Nab, after walking in from SE Guisborough but that doesn't mean there won't be birds closer to HN.
4:22pm 30-06-2018
B Wells
Could you tell me where the Nightjars are, is it through Hutton village then left towards Highcliff Nab are they near Highcliff Nab , thanks for any help.
11:55pm 28-06-2018
Probably won't be able to make the TBC outing on Monday, so visited Guisborough Forest tonight. Nightjars showing really well, on a warm, fairly still evening. First call heard just before 22:00; at least 5 birds around (2+ calling simultaneously while another three flew around) the area I checked, with the full repertoire of hunting and territorial behaviours on show.
4:11pm 28-06-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve. Very hot sunny day brought a Marsh Harrier out over the reed beds along with Grey Heron. Black Sean's still present on Main Lake and Saltholme Po d. Numbers of Shelduck, Shoveler and Avocet are down.
Common Sandpiper present at Haverton Gate.
Still plenty of Whitethroat and Sedge Warblers oround the reserve. Also numbers of Tree Sparrows and juvenile Goldfinch are increasing, as well as Common Tern chicks. I must thank my colleagues Arthur Truby and Barbara Keville for their observations and also the many visitors
10:00pm 27-06-2018
Andrew Rackstraw
Two Buzzards and one Kestrel A19 between Peterlee and Hartlepool today.
Strange how Kestrels now appear to be the rarer of two locally these days.
9:27am 27-06-2018
Wayne Richardson
Very vocal Reed Warbler earlier this morning within the 'floating' reed bed at the western end of Hemlington Lake. !st time I've encountered the species at this location.

Also of interest, as it confirms (successful) Gt C Grebe breeding at the lake for the 1st time. Adults with 4 young that now appear too large to be under threat from the local Herring & LBB Gulls.
12:13am 27-06-2018
Ian Robinson
Nightjars on Guisborough Moor. Heard from 9:45, and flying from about 10;30 onwards. A few passed very close by - superb flight pattern.


Also heard Curlews in the distance as the sun set.
9:47am 26-06-2018
Tony Marron
Grasshopper warbler reeling in bushes off Eston Tesco car park last night, didn't expect that!
10:24pm 25-06-2018
Andrew Rackstraw
Buzzard hovering beside A689 between Hartlepool and Sedgefield.
Only the second time I have witnessed this behavior.
6:23pm 25-06-2018
Mel Cowton
Out of area, 9 mile walk around Arkengarthdale near Reeth. A surprise Great Grey Shrike. Plus yellow wagtail, wheatears feeding young, plenty of mistle thrush, curlew, lapwing, oystercatcher, meadow pipit, willow warbler, pied wagtail, skylark singing overhead during lunch.
1:30pm 25-06-2018
Steve Hay
Sutton Bank last night 3 Nightjars, decent view but didn't appear until 22:30
12:16am 25-06-2018
Rex Earnshaw
Walked up Guisborough forest last night , perfect conditions warm , still , nearly full moon and a million midges. Heard several nightjar but close fly past was my only sighting , single woodcock and Tawny owl heard in two locations but not seen . Jay and kestrel seen when walking up. Also hare , toads and several deer , a good nights walk
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