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5:20pm 11-08-2017
Rex Earnshaw
Coast Rd , Redcar.
Watched a sparrowhawk for 30 minutes on my garden fence before all the sparrows sheltering in my hedge made a break for it , big mistake as kill was swift and efficient.
6:24pm 09-08-2017
Adrienne Simcock
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday.
It was great to have some sunshine, although the wind had a cold edge. As a sign of the changing seasons, waterfowl numbers continued to increase. At Saltholme hide, there were around 130 gadwall, 40+ mute swans, 2 black swans, 4 Egyptian geese (visible from the road), 1 barnacle goose, small groups of wigeon, shoveler, tufted duck and teal, 300+ lapwing, 30 dunlin, 2 black tailed godwit (with another 8 at Phil Stead hide), 2 little egret, 2 cormorant, 2 little grebe, 1 great crested grebe, 1 little ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper and 1 greenshank.
At Paddy's there was also 1 barnacle goose and 2 black swans, 4 little grebe and 1 common tern which sat on the wooden frame for most of the afternoon with a large fish in its mouth, flying around and resting, but never actually eating it.
Tufted duck numbers on the main lake were up to 35. A water rail with chick was seen at Phil Stead hide, a water vole at the Wildlife Watchpoint and a stoat on the wilderness walk. Raptors seen were sparrowhawk and peregrine at Saltholme and kestrel around the reserve. Linnet, reed bunting, pied wagtail and reed warblers were seen at various locations.
Thanks to all those who passed on their sightings.
9:13pm 05-08-2017
Lockhart and others
Today's Saltholme highlights, including info from other guides and visitors.

42 bird species recorded at Saltholme Hide. Obvious highlight was the Egyptian geese, but they were not spotted after 15:00. A good selection of waders recorded, including ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, dunlin, curlew and others. Waterfowl numbers are definitely rising, with numerous shoveler, gadwall and others. At least 3 young GC grebes and several little grebes, plus little ergets and grey herons. Raptors were represented by kestrel and sparrowhawk.

At the dragonfly pools, a sedge warbler was hunting, and at least two emerald damselflies were spotted.

The barnacle goose was at Paddy's again, which is still home to some very young tern chicks. More little grebes among the usual suspects.

From the WWP, at least one water rail, another little grebe, reed warblers and wrens hunting close to the hide. Grey heron and little egret also present.

At Phil Stead Hide, a juvenile shelduck was the only one I saw on site. Numbers of teal and other waterfowl were rising, while a couple of snipe appeared during showers.

Thanks to everyone else who reported sightings.
7:11pm 03-08-2017
Neil Hutton
The morning had heavy showers but in the afternoon the sun came out and things warmed up. A scaup was visible at Saltholme pools - in the morning on Back Saltholme and in the afternoon near the causeway on Saltholme West. The 4 Egyptian geese were seen all day, and 2 black swans with another one of these being seen at Paddy's hide. There were 4 avocets,only 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 common sandpiper and upto 70 dunlins on the Saltholme pools, but the numbers of wildfowl is still low. On the other hand lapwing and curlew numbers are on the rise. Snipe were seen at various locations on the reserve. A lone Barnacle goose is still at Paddy's pool apparently unable to fly. Some lucky visitors saw a marsh harrier from Paddys', and kestrel and sparrowhawk were also reported on the reserve.
6:05pm 03-08-2017
Chris Oyston
A dipper and grey wagtail seen on Saltburn beck just below the woodland tea rooms today around 12 noon
3:07pm 03-08-2017
Kevin smith
4 gannet giving a fantastic diving display just off north gate pier. And also an article skua mobbing everything in its path. Magnificent
6:21pm 02-08-2017
Adrienne Simcock
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday:
Despite muggy weather and occasional fierce showers, it was a good day's birding. 48 species were seen from the Saltholme hide, including 4 black swans, 2 Egyptian geese, 30+ dunlin, 12 black tailed godwit, 7 whimbrel, 4 avocet, 4 snipe, 1 redshank, 1 scaup and small numbers of lapwing and curlew. Snipe and dunlin were also seen from Paddy's hide, together with plenty of common terns.
Little grebe, great crested grebe, grey heron and little egret were regularly seen and the water rail put in a brief appearance at the WLWP. A young visitor was lucky enough to see the bittern at Haverton.
Raptors seen were buzzard and kestrel over the Greatham tip and a peregrine on the cooling towers. In terms of mammals, two water voles were seen near the gate by Paddy's, a brown rat lurked under the WLWP feeders and a young fox came close to the Saltholme hide.
Between the showers, whitethroat, tree sparrow, greenfinch, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, stonechat, starling, stock dove, wren, sedge warbler and reed warbler were also seen. Thanks to everyone for their sightings.
7:09pm 01-08-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB
Another fine day (we seemed to miss all the showers) and most of the reserve was covered. We had 3 Black Swan on the reserve and also 1 Barnacle Goose and 4 Egyptian Geese.Ducks are still in short supply but with most of the reserve covered totals were 34 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 2 Pochard and 56 Tufted Duck. Little Egrets were still in double figures and Little Grebes outnumbered Great Crested by 15 to 11. On the raptor front 3 Kestrels were seen. Waders were still not upto normal levels but present were 1 Ringed Plover, 236 Lapwing, 27 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and over 100 Curlew. Thanks to the Hide Guides and Visitors for providing the information contained in this report.
10:41pm 31-07-2017
Jerry Lee
Least 100 geese flying from Stewart's park towards Hartlepool 830 am
10:36pm 31-07-2017
Chris Rymer
Saltholme highlights for Monday. A slow start in the morning but the afternoon was better with several good birds on show. From visitor centre a Scaup was visable on the far bank of the lake. From Paddy's Hide the Egyptian Geese were observed but distant, Greenshank appeared and Merlin was spotted. Yellow Wagtail was seen at Saltholme Hide. At Dormans lots of Swift and Hundarines mid morning.
12:49pm 28-07-2017
fred wright
Out of the area but important. The Blk Kite reported recently at Redworth has just flown low over my house (brusselton), heading West. Then changed direction and flew NE over Shildon until it disappeared from view.
8:40pm 27-07-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme R.S.P.B
Weather was mixed all day, however still good varieties of birds on most pools. Phil Stead and Fire Station pools producing Little Egret x 2 Little Grebe x 3 with a solitary Willow Warbler singing the Hawthorn bushes on the pathway.
Main Pool at Visitor Centre Large numbers of Sand Martins still occupying the Sand Martin Bank, possibility of second broods appearing, along with Tree Sparrows x 8, Great Crested Grebe numbers are now decreasing, Little grebe x 2, lapwing numbers increasing.
West Saltholme had a large number of Dunlin in excess of 40, with one Wood Sandpiper in amongst them, also present was Little Stint x 2,Common Snipe x 1, Greenshank x 1. All birds were spooked when a Sparrow Hawk descended taking a Dunlin from the group, Curlew x !0. Common Tern numbers also increasing through out reserve due to what appears to have been a good breeding season, giving visitor's good views of the adults feeding sand eels e.t.c around pools edges/
Greenshank also present at Paddy's Pool
8:40pm 26-07-2017
alan lythe 1
Pied flycatcer seen Dalehouse Staithes
6:14pm 25-07-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB
It was fine all day today. The Black Swan was still present as was one Barnacle Goose. With the wet meadows now drying up duck numbers have decreased further and todays totals were 13 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 46 Tufted Duck and 2 very unseasonal Goldeneye. A Bittern was reported to have flown over Haverton and a further report came from the Wildlife Watchpoint. About 15 Little Egrets were seen and up to 4 Grey Heron were on site. Little grebes are again seen on most pools but the Great Crested seem to favour Back Saltholme. Raptors seen were Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Wader numbers were down 2 Little Stints stayed for most of the day on Saltholme West but could prove elusive at times. It was pleasing to see large flocks of Lapwing filling the sky again as over 400 have returned and other waders were 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 26 Curlew and 1 Redshank. A juvenile Yellow Wagtail was seen briefly on Back Saltholme and Sedge and Reed Warblers were present in good numbers. Thanks to the Hide Guides and visitors who provided the information contained in this report.
4:31pm 25-07-2017
Malcolm Hassall
14:10 Haverton Viewpoint RSPB Saltholme - Bittern seen flying over reeds
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