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5:43pm 04-07-2017
Hi DB when in Dorset I have seen G.Woodpeckers feeding on grass verges in the rush hour ..Maybe the local gulls have passed it on
9:13pm 03-07-2017
David Bowles
I was at Wynyard Business Park this afternoon when I saw two green woodpeckers feeding on the grass adjacent to an office. This was unusual for me because I grew up in West Sussex where they were very common but I have never seen one and the nearest I have heard one is when fishing in North Yorkshire.
6:47am 03-07-2017
Emma Wood
About 5 minutes ago (6.40am) -

Ring Necked Parakeet flew straight past my bedroom window towards the direction of Ropner Park and Hartburn area, Stockton on Tees.

Seen it a few times round here in the past few months!
9:58am 02-07-2017
Lockhart and others
Yesterday's Saltholme sightings, while the reserve was open:

Just over 30 species from Saltholme Hide and surroundings, with obvious highlights being a common sandpiper and three avocets (one a colour-ringed juvenile). A couple of sedge warblers were singing from hawthorns near the path.

20-odd species from Paddy's including little grebe, tufted duck with three fresh ducklings, plus shelduck, shoveler and gadwall on the wet grassland.

Several more little grebes on main lake, and a few people managed to see one or another of the barn owls, although most were disappointed on that front.

A good day for insects, with small copper noted, plus large numbers of red admiral, ringlet and other species of butterfly, and 4-spotted chasers present at several pools.
7:34am 02-07-2017
Rex Earnshaw
RBS in bushes next to road in same area as yesterday 7-30
7:57pm 01-07-2017
Phil Russell
Red Kite over B1264 just east of Low Worsall, Yarm 14.55 1st July.
1:46pm 01-07-2017
Rex Earnshawd
A very showy RB shrike still at south gare 13-45
12:03am 01-07-2017
Emma Wood
Today at Portrack Marsh nature reserve -

A good day for birds! Loads of Terns about (not sure which ones though), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings, hundreds of Goldfinch, Song Thrushes etc. Also Mallard with 5 ducklings in the waterway. The usual water birds on the lake. Quite pleased despite the weather.

Last week at Preston Park (sorry forgot to post!)

Kingfishers and Reed Buntings spotted on the ponds by the river. Also the usual woodland species seen too.
7:34pm 30-06-2017
Jerry Lee
Swallows on ormesby road looked liked a family

Least 6 oyestercathcers flying over unity city academy obviously disoriented due to the cloud & weather

8 am
6:54pm 29-06-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve
A very overcast day with light rain falling, however the sighting of a pair of Marsh Harriers quartering over Wildlife Hide improved the morning also present were Little Egret and Grey Heron. later in the day a female cuckoo was also present outside the hide.
Sand Martins Swift and Swallows were present over all waterbodies through out the reserve. Saltholme Hide produced Little Egret x 6, Artic Tern x 1, Pochard x 6, Great Crested Grebe x 4 including 1 Juvenile, Avocet x 2, Common Sandpiper x 1 and Little Ringed Plover x 3 along with the usual Waterfowl.
Paddy's Hide/Wetlands Shelduck are still present in reduced numbers along with Shoveller Duck, Avocet x 3. there are now quite a few juvenile Common Tern utilising the roosting posts. also present were Peregrine Falcon x 1, Oystercatcher x 2, Little Egret x 2. There are still small number of Widgeon present. As previously mentioned at the beginning of this post the day began with few birds present due to the weather but soon improved
6:03pm 28-06-2017
Adrienne and Pete S
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday:
The cold, wet weather deterred visitors, but the birds were showing well.
There was a good range of waders among 34+ species at the Saltholme hide: 1 oystercatcher, 6 avocet, 5 redshank, 2 greenshank (summer plumage), 2 ringed plover, 2 little ringed plover, 2 common sandpiper, a black tailed godwit and 6 curlew. The black swan, 4 little egrets, 1 sedge warbler and 2 barnacle geese were also seen there.
In terms of ducks, 6 shelduck, 4 gadwall, 4 teal and two broods of tufted duck (one with 10 ducklings) were seen from Paddy's hide. A violent fight between 2 moorhens was brought to an end by the intervention of 2 coots.
There were 6 great crested grebe and 2 large chicks at Saltholme and a little grebe with 3 young chicks at the Wildlife Watchpoint, where a juvenile water rail, reed warbler, tree sparrow, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, reed bunting, 2 lesser black back gulls and 1 water vole were also seen. The little grebe were trying unsuccessfully to get on the parent's back and one stole a large fish from the parent's mouth and swallowed it whole.
Unfortunately, a fox was sighted within the perimeter fence and one was seen walking alongside the VC lake.
Common terns seemed to be doing well, both at Paddy's and on the VC Lake. Thanks to our few visitors for conversation and sightings.
3:24pm 27-06-2017
Valda Walker
Pleased to see four fully fledged Song thrushes on the lawn together this morning .
10:10pm 26-06-2017
Painted Lady (Butterfly) in Saltburn today.
4:12pm 26-06-2017
Tony Marron
Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Tees Health Trust, Flatts Lane, 05:30 today. Still lot's of Chiffchaff about & Whitethroat also singing!
11:59am 26-06-2017
02.00 Sunday. Barn owl hunting in fields at top of Redcar lane.it landed on the guisbro music advertising board situated near roundabout.
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