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11:14am 03-02-2018
Grey wagtail in the garden again (NW Billingham), third time I've seen it in just over a month.
12:36am 03-02-2018
Frank sanderson
Kingfisher slightly down stream from the buck pub at Great Ayton ,three visits ,seen it every time .
5:31pm 02-02-2018
Mike Tucker
Barn Owl, Grewgrass Lane at 4:30pm
7:16pm 01-02-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme R.S.P.B
Very cold breezy day had an impact on the number of species sighted throughout the day (34). Phil Stead hide was still closed awaiting repairs, hopefully will reopen Friday.
Watch point hide gave visitors of two Water Rail along with a Marsh Harrier quartering over the reed beds, also present on the water and wetland were Teal, Tufted Duck and Little Egret The feeding station provided the usual finches and Tree Sparrows.
Continuing up to Clarence Scrub provided visitors who once again braved the weather were provided with mixed and limited view of the two LEOs, as they were very low in their usual tree, also present were Bullfinch and a fly over Grey Heron. The Warden Edward Pritchard reported sighting a Great White Egret at Haverton Pool on opening the reserve at around 8:30am.
There were the usual Finches and Tree Sparrows etc. on the feeders at VC, the lake produced the usual waterfowl and geese. Saltholme West although quieter than usual still produced 20+ species which included Shelduck x 10, Wigeon x 1000+, Teal x 200+ (although there were no sightings of the Green Winged Teal),Pintail numbers remain stable at around 15. Golden Plover and Lapwing numbers are still quite high. Early afternoon saw two Marsh Harriers flying over from Saltholme East, around the pond edges there were , Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit x 6, Curlew x 50+, Dunlin Pochard Tufted Duck, and Shoveller.
Paddy's produced a solitary Goldeneye along with the usual waterfowl, the wetland was very quite of species. I must thank my colleagues Barbara Keville, Neil Hutton and Arthur Truby and visitors for their input to the above sightings
4:47pm 01-02-2018
Derick Pearson
Snow Bunting x 5 at Danby Beacon again today. On the Beacon parking area.
12:05am 01-02-2018
Anonymous report to Saltholme gave details of a Great White Egret in Baydale Beck nr Darlington at the Staindrop Road end. The Egret has been there for at least three days.
6:15pm 31-01-2018
Peter Simcock
RSPB Saltholme Wednesday 31 January
A bright day but a bitterly cold wind meant that birds and observers were seeking shelter. Even so around 50 species of birds were seen on the reserve.

In Haverton Scrub, the Long Eared Owl was giving good views in the sunlight. Access to the viewing platform needs wellies or boots to avoid wet feet, but the bird could still be seen from the path junction with a scope.

Two species of raptors were seen, both from Saltholme. A buzzard flew by in the morning, putting up the waders and wigeon. Then it was chased off by a carrion crow. In the afternoon, two marsh harriers were seen over Saltholme East/Dormans

During the day 40 species were seen at Saltholme. These included 10 varieties of duck, including wigeon, teal (no green-winged teal), pintail, pochard, tufted duck, shoveler, gadwall, mallard, shelduck and a red breasted merganser. Waders present included snipe, curlew, black tailed godwit, lapwing, golden plover and redshank. The black swan was still present and barnacle geese were seen early in the morning.

The feeders at the Watchpoint continued to attract finches and tits and the occasional reed bunting

There was no access to the Phil Stead Hide, as the sliding door is awaiting repair.

My thanks to the other hide guides Adrienne, Maurice Local, Peter Garbutt, and Dave Nelson, and visitors for their observations
Peter Simcock
11:32am 31-01-2018
Malcolm Green
Guillemot in winter plumage at hartlepool fish quay yesterday
7:51pm 30-01-2018
Bert Mitchell
A Green Winged Teal was again seen seen at Saltholme but from plumage details it was probably a different bird from the one seen last week.
7:16pm 30-01-2018
Christine Corbett
Gt spotted woodpecker drumming in trees along Ormesby Beck, Park End section + at least 3 bullfinches along Berwick Hills section of Ormesby Beck and lots of song thrushes singing.
6:48pm 30-01-2018
I travelled over the moors from Stokesley to helmsley for 3 months never saw a fox or a buzzard once .3 parakeet fly by lower than usual same flight path
11:08am 30-01-2018
John Money
A Buzzard was found dead in suspicious circumstances at the cattle grid in Sleddale on Monday 29th Jan. The Police have been informed, but if anyone has any info or saw anything suspicious over the weekend, could you plese let me know.
10:17am 30-01-2018
Jerry Lee
13 geese flying over Eston 8 am love to know were they go to
1:19pm 29-01-2018
Mike Tucker
Little Egret on the stream at Guisborough this morning from Chaloner street.
9:23am 29-01-2018
David Smith
For Neil Simms , whereabouts on Guisbrough woods are the Crossbills please?
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