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7:56pm 19-10-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
The day started overcast turning to heavy rain showers by midday. Phil Stead hide produced 12 species, including 9 wader species which were ; Lapwing x 70+,Dunlin, Ruff, Little Egret, Water Rail, Redshank, Common Snipe, Curlew, and Black-tailed Godwit in varying numbers. Waterfowl also present included Teal, Shoveler. The Hedgerow produced Tree Sparrows, Wren, Blue Tit.
Continuing onto the main Lake there were the usual Wigeon, Gadwall, Pochard, Tufted Duck, in varying numbers, and one solitary Great Crested Grebe. The Feeding Station was quite busy also with Starling, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, all been watched from the nearby tree by a Sparrow Hawk just waiting for the first opportunity to strike
A Kingfisher was making good use of the branch situated in the new scrape at Paddy's, five wader species also present were Curlew, Common Snipe, Lapwing x 50, Little Grebe x 6, Little Egret, along with the usual ducks.
Then continuing down to Saltholme where there were Wigeon x 200+,Gadwall x 30+, Teal x 20+, Pintail x 3, Shoveler x 30+, Common Snipe x 4, Pochard, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Golden Plover x 100+, Lapwing x c1000, Dunlin x 20+, Curlew and Redshank late in the afternoon Whooper Swan x 3, and Black Swan appeared. I must thank my colleagues Neil, Arthur, Barbara and numerous visitors for their input to these observations
6:49pm 18-10-2017
D.Nelson hide guiding also. A foggy start to the day turned into a nice clear day.Highlights 4 whooper swans flew over onto back Saltholme followed by another 18 which flew over onto Dormans.6 pink footed geese,joined our other resident species of geese.2 black swan.little stint,2 black-tailed godwit,greenshank snipe and @50 Dunlin,Merlin,7 stonechat,golden plover.Summary 8 species of duck,4 species of geese and 3 species of Swan. 6 lesser redpoll were seen in the trees between the garden and visitor centre.Siskin were seen by MAB. Phil stead hide had Sparrowhawk,2 marsh harrier,kingfisher.At Paddys 2 kingfisher seen by Dean Howard.Summary: 4 species of bird of prey seen. At Saltholme hide,47 species were seen and a total of 65 species were seen on the reserve by hide guides and visitors.Many thanks to all the contributors.
7:10pm 17-10-2017
A breezy lunchtime at Dormans:

Little stint still present, ruff, single dunlin, ca. 20 pintail, 100+ teal, was too lazy to go through the gulls properly.
6:46pm 17-10-2017
A McLee
Hobby over Tees Flyover from 10 m this afternoon
10:15pm 16-10-2017
Michael Fisher
Buzzard over A66 at the Yarm/Stockton slip road today - Monday 1630
2:31pm 16-10-2017
small flock of housemartins over Saltburn woods 2pm
7:49pm 15-10-2017
A McLee
WeBS count Tidal pools : Greenshank x1 Strikingly pale bird
6:38pm 15-10-2017
Mike Sewell
Saw something strange at sea today in Brunswick bay, large with a heavy down turned bill, heron sized but heavier, crane,ibis type bird but no idea what it was any thoughts
5:45pm 13-10-2017
Emma Wood
I know the sightings I am about to post are not in this country, but I am a keen birder who lives in the Teesside Area, and thought it would be nice to share my encounters with you.

Anyone who hasn't been, needs to seriously consider visiting Jersey (Channel Islands). As well as been a spectacularly beautiful island, you will not be disappointed with the bird sightings there.

During my week, I managed to see - Yellow Browed Warblers, Pallas Warblers Dartford Warblers, Purple Sandpiper, Brent Geese, Whimbrel, an abundance of beautiful Firecrest, Shorelark and many of the birds you see here.

Jersey are also lucky to have Short Toed Treecreepers and the Black Kite resident there, but unfortunately we didn't see them this visit.
1:25pm 13-10-2017
Steve B
Seaton Carew: Eider, Immature Male, First Autumn
10:19am 13-10-2017
Gill murray
Stork on A174 oct 11
5:11pm 12-10-2017
Green Woodpecker at Hutton le hole car park area, 12 noon.
5:45pm 11-10-2017
Adrienne Simcock
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday.
It was a wild and windy day, with the odd sharp shower. This, together with the increasing numbers of geese, wigeon, teal (66 at the Phil Stead hide), gadwall etc gave a real feel of winter. Raptors were regularly putting up flocks of golden plover (over 300) and lapwing on the wet grassland: two marsh harriers, a kestrel, a sparrowhawk and a merlin were spotted around the reserve.
Early in the morning, 12 whooper swans were seen and during the day 7 pink footed geese flew over. 90 barnacle geese were out on the grassland and single black swans were at Saltholme hide and the visitor centre lake. Little egret and little grebe were seen on all the main lakes, with the occasional grey heron.
At the Saltholme hide, there were 2 redshank, a little stint seen from the main road, 2 pintail, 2 pochard, shoveler, small numbers of curlew and 30 dunlin, while 2 snipe and 2 ruff were seen briefly at Phil Stead hide. A total of 36 species was seen from the Saltholme hide.
A large group of greenfinch, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, tree sparrow were seen at the WLWP, with meadow pipit, pied wagtail, robin and wren around the reserve paths.
Thanks to visitors and guides for reporting their sightings.
10:08pm 10-10-2017
Michael Fisher
2 whooper swans flying over Tees Bridge at lunchtime today ( Tuesday ). Nice to see.
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
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