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7:36pm 10-10-2017
Rex Earnshaw
Great views ( after long wait) of Purple Heron at Leighton Moss today , a life tick. Didnt see bearded tit though others had , large flocks of mixed tits about + usual suspects and otter
1:00pm 06-10-2017
George Smith
2 common Buzzards circling over farmers field near the Saxon Church, Hart Village. 13.00
11:40am 06-10-2017
Rex Earnshaw
Single whooper swan in low off sea over the stray Redcar 11-00
7:39pm 05-10-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve Thursday 5th October
The day started bright with slight NW breeze increasing to a fairly strong wind around midday. On entering Phil Stead Hide greeted by Kingfisher perched right outside hide. Also present were Shoveller x 5, Wigeon x 40, Teal x 6. Skeins of Greylag and Canada Geese flew over heading South.
Continuing down to Fire Station Screen yet another good sighting of Long-tailed Tit x 20 along with Tree Sparrow x 6 and Wren calling from hedgerow.
Saltholme Hide produced Golden Plover x 50+ Dunlin x10 along the causeway. Also present were Common Snipe x 1, Lapwing x 1000+, Ruff x 1, Little Stint x 1, Wigeon x 200+, Pintail x 1, Black-trailed Godwit x 20+ Juvenile Whooper Swan in amongst Mute Swan Numbers of Gadwall still on the increase as well as Little Grebe x 7. Marsh Harrier seen quartering over East Saltholme before been mobbed by Carrion Crow. Other raptor present was a Sparrow hawk over Saltholme hide.
Stonechat present along dragonfly path and path along to Paddy's Pool. Further Golden Plover x 6, and Little Grebe x 8, a large Skein of Barnacle Geese x 8+ flew over hide and alighted on the wet grassland opposite hide, alo0ng with Canada Geese x 500+, and Greylag Geese x50+. At this point I must thank visitors and Neil Hutton for their sightings.
7:09pm 04-10-2017
Peter & Adrienne S
Wednesday 4th October RSPB Saltholme
On a dry overcast day, over 60 different species of birds were seen on or flying over the reserve. About 27 Whooper Swans briefly landed early on on Back Saltholme before resuming their journey south. Multiple skeins of Pink Footed Geese were seen flying south high above the reserve, showing autumn is here and winter is on its way: the estimated number of birds was in excess of 600.
Other highlights included 2 different Marsh Harriers, a female and a juvenile, which flew throughout the reserve flushing the wildfowl and waders. Other raptors seen were buzzard, merlin, sparrowhawk and kestrel.
At Saltholme hide 38 species were recorded, including 9 species of waders: Lapwing (300+), Golden Plover (100), Redshank (3), Black tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Little Stint (2), Curlew, Snipe and Ruff. Wintering Wigeon and Teal numbers were increasing, and other ducks included Pintail, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck as well as Mallard.
At Paddy's Hole Hide, 20 Black tailed Godwits were seen on the wet grassland, as well as a flock of 300 Greylag Geese flying in, and 70+Barnacle Geese grazing.
At the Wildlife Watch point the highlights of the day were a Water Rail and fly bys by the Marsh Harriers.
At Phil Stead Hide highlights were 28 Ruff dropping in to feed, and 3 Lesser Redpolls seen in the flocks of Goldfinch and Green Finch
My thanks to the visitors and other hide guides for their observations.
Peter Simcock
5:19pm 04-10-2017
Richard Green
Sparrowhawk above Ings estate Redcar. 2nd day in a row.
9:01pm 03-10-2017
Terry Wright
2 gannet off South Gare and s flock c100 either Linnet or Twite.
8:49pm 02-10-2017
Chris Murphy
Two cream crown Marsh Harriers showing off together over Saltholme East at 6pm today. Little Stint on causeway on West pool.
5:17pm 01-10-2017
Graeme Boddy
Swift currently circling Mowbray pub, Hartlepool. Also common Buzzard earlier
12:08am 01-10-2017
John Crosby
One very smart hen Wheatear on waste ground south of Spion Kop today alone with four Grey Partridge being mobbed by Herring Gulls. c40 Common Scoter at sea there too.
7:44pm 29-09-2017
Lockhart
Hartlepool Headland: At least one yellow browed warbler still at Borough Hall Gardens around 17:30. Later, 4+ wheatear on waste ground near Spion Kop, and a kestrel in the cemetary itself.
10:44am 29-09-2017
Richard Green
Chiffchaff Green Lane Redcar.
7:47pm 28-09-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve.
The good weather today produced good numbers of birds on all pools. After been informed by Brian Coleman on arrival that a Bittern had been seen at Haverton Viewpoint, Neil Hutton and Arthur Truby headed up there to check this sighting out. They were not disappointed as on arrival Bittern x 2 flew across the front of the screen hide, over the course of the morning four more sighting were logged.
Also present at Haverton a Kingfisher was sunning it self on the water depth marker. Sparrow hawk, Kestrel and Marsh Harrier x 2 were also present been mobbed by a very aggressive Carrion Crow.
Throughout the rest of the reserve there were Common Snipe x 5, Wigeon x 6, Little Egret and Shoveller at Phil Stead.
Saltholme Hide produced Common Snipe x 4 ,Wigeon x 30+,Black Swan x 1, Black-tailed Godwit x c20 ,Gadwall 25+, Lapwing x c200, Golden Plover x 100+ out on the Causeway. Further raptors seen over West Saltholme Marsh Harrier x 2 (May have been the two from Haverton), Kestrel x 1, Redshank x 2, Linnet x 6.
Merlin spotted over the Dragonfly Pond possibly looking for lunch Paddy's pool produced Little Grebe x 9, Barnacle Geese x 20+, Kestrel x 1. I must thank my colleagues Neil, Arthur and Barbara for sharing their sightings .
2:15pm 28-09-2017
Cec Fisher
Thursday morning Whinchat near saltholme hide , Bittern and Marsh Harrier Haverton viewpoint , 2 water rail Phil stead hide
5:55pm 27-09-2017
Adrienne and Pete S
Wednesday Saltholme highlights:
It was a lovely mild day and the reserve was filling up with greylag geese, barnacle geese (c100), Canada geese, wigeon, teal, lapwing (c500 at Saltholme hide), mute swan, shoveler and gadwall.
There were at least 34 species at Saltholme hide including 1 meadow pipit, 2 linnet, 3 stonechat, 2 pied wagtail, 2 little egret, 1 black swan, 4 redshank, 6 golden plover, 4 ruff, 4 little grebe, 12 black tailed godwit and 3 snipe.
Phil Stead hide gave good views of teal (22), water rail and black tailed godwit, while Paddy's hide revealed at least 4 little grebe and 1 great crested grebe, and 3 ruff on the graslands. A single snipe was seen on the Visitor Centre Lake, together with wigeon, tufted duck, gadwall and little grebe.
Thanks particularly to the visitors who found four particular highlights of the day -a kingfisher on the main lake, a sparrowhawk at the WLWP, a bittern at Haverton and a lovely merlin showing well on a post on the grassland between Saltholme hide and the sheep shed.
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