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1:16pm 10-11-2017
Lynda Parkes
Rock pipits on Saltburn beach
Quite a few stonechat on the cliff, but very blustery up there
9:32am 10-11-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
SALTHOLME THURSDAY: a Sunny but rather cool start to the day producing a good variety of birds on the reserve. Present at Phil Stead and Fire Station were Wigeon x 15, Teal x 20, Shoveler x 5 and one solitary Redshank. Moving round to Watch point Hide there were Gadwall x 4, Teal, Pochard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Little Grebe.
Saltholme Pool as usual provided the greater variety of species:- Wigeon x 500+, Gadwall x 10, Teal x 20. Pintail x 10, Shoveler x 20, Pochard x 20, Marsh Harrier x 1, Sparrow Hawk x 1, Kestrel x 1. Golden Plover x 300+, Lapwing x 200+, Dunlin x 30 ,Curlew x 40+, Redshank x 2. Whooper Swan x 1 Over at Paddy's there were Wigeon x 3 Little Grebe x 1, Little Egret, Barnacle Geese x 70+, Lapwing x200+. The Autumn Safari walk over to Haverton Pool provided 14 visitors good views of Starlings gathering on the Pylons and wires for the murmuration, While watching the gathering two Marsh Harriers were seen quartering over and around the reed beds. The visitors were also privileged to see a Great White Egret along with Little Egret x 6 flying into their evening roost at the Allotment Pond. I must thank all visitors and my fellow guide's for their sightings A total of 45 Species were seen on the reserve.
5:20pm 09-11-2017
Richard Green
Solitary male Bullfinch Green Lane Redcar also Sparrowhawk over Ings estate.
2:16pm 09-11-2017
Derick Pearson
Plenty of the usual birds at Skinningrove today and tons of seaweed to encourage the flies. Pied and Grey Wagtail both present. Many Rock Pipits, Stonechat, Dunnock, Wren and others. Single Kingfisher in the stream behind the Fish shop again. 2 Heron out on the rocks/scar Hummersea side. Near Brotton Reservoir on the Kilton Hall road and the New Wind Turbine, Kiton Thorpe road junction well in excess of 3,000 starlings at close quarters. What a spectacle. Blacking the sky out at times.
5:24pm 08-11-2017
Adrienne and Pete S
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday:
One highlight today was the weather: beautifully mild and sunny. This encouraged visitors to walk around the whole reserve and a good variety of birds were seen.
At the Haverton end of the reserve, Cetti's warblers were calling, three whooper swans spent the afternoon near the viewing point, the marsh harrier was quartering the reed bed and a buzzard was sighted over the wet grassland.
Over 50 bird species were seen around the reserve. The 37 species seen from the Saltholme hide included great white egret x 1, little egret x 3, curlew x 20, redshank x 1, dunlin x 8, hundreds of lapwing, golden plover and wigeon and smaller groups of teal, pochard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, mallard and tufted duck. Little egret and cormorant were also present.
The visitor lake held a variety of wintering ducks, 2 black swans and a little grebe, with a merlin seen flying over the lake in the morning and late afternoon.
The Phil Stead hide yet again produced a single water pipit, vying for photographers' attention with the kingfisher and occasional flypasts by the sparrowhawk. Three fieldfare flew over the reserve and there were over 70 barnacle geese on the wet grassland.
The smaller birds were also seen in profusion: a single lesser redpoll near WLWP, a pied wagtail at Saltholme, a possible white wagtail at Phil Stead. a goldcrest near the fire station field and stonechat, reed bunting, greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch, robin, dunnock, tree sparrow, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, linnet, meadow pipit and wren scattered around the reserve.
A water vole was seen near the gate by Paddy's hide and a brown rat at the WLWP. Thanks for all your sightings, everyone.
1:21pm 07-11-2017
Rex Earnshaw
£1-50 minimum parking charge takes the gloss off a quick visit to Scaling Dam
11:51am 05-11-2017
Simon Ellioty
Snow Bunting Sleddale Farm road 11.50 am
8:50pm 04-11-2017
Chris Rymer
Saltholme highlights for Saturday which started on a misty note which gave way to a sunny afternoon. Forty seven species seen around the reserve. At Phil Stead the Water Pipits are showing on and off still. At Haverton two Marsh Harriers were showing well and a traveling party of Long-tailed Tits. At Salthome hide over 1000 Golden Plover were huddled together on the causeway and on the wet grassland.
2:01pm 03-11-2017
Valda Walker
Goldcrest in the garden at Hilton
8:03am 03-11-2017
Alan Greggains
White goose on twitter feed. Leucistic Canada?
6:39pm 02-11-2017
Alastair Mclay
American widgeon @ scaling dam 15:45 plus 3x bean geese, buzzard & shelduck
11:03am 02-11-2017
David Smith
First Bramblings of this Autumn in my Saltburn garden, 2 with 15+ Goldfinches,and 11 Bullfinches, which are residents all the time.
5:06pm 01-11-2017
P and A Simcock
Wednesday 1 November 2017
A cold but dry autumn day at RSPB Saltholme. Over 50 species were seen on the reserve today. The highlights were kingfisher and water pipit seen from Phil Stead Hide, a Whooper Swan from Saltholme Hide and Marsh Harriers seen at numerous locations on the reserve. Other raptors seen were sparrowhawk and kestrel.
Duck numbers are increasing, with Teal, Wigeon, Pochard, Shoveler, Pintail (17 on seen from Saltholme), Tufted Duck and a few Shelduck. Geese included 93 Barnacle Geese, as well as the usual Greylags and Canada Geese. A pair of Black Swans were present on the Visitor Centre Lake.
Waders seen included Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit (45 on the pools and grassland beyond Saltholme), Dunlin (25 from Saltholme Hide) Curlew (20 from Saltholme Hide) , Snipe (6 from Saltholme hide) Golden Plover (300+) and Lapwing.
A Redwing was seen from the Phil Stead Hide, and there were various sightings of Stonechats around the reserve. 2 Cetti's Warblers were heard singing in the Haverton area.
Many thanks to all who provided information for this report
11:36am 01-11-2017
David Pryse
31/10/17 Marton West Beck: The overwintering Little Egret has returned for its third winter.
1/11/17 Middlesbrough Town Centre: Sparrowhawk mobbed by Carrion Crow and Black Headed Gulls.
8:18pm 30-10-2017
P Davenport
A few Brambling in Linthorpe Cemy, plenty of Treecreeper, also Nuthatch. Redpoll in Albert Park as well as the more and more conspicuous Jays, and Great Spotted Woodpeckers seem to be everywhere at the moment.
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