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11:00pm 05-09-2017
Andrew Rackstraw
Thursday 5th September Woodpigeons mating on telephone wire just outside Blackhall Rocks. Must be expecting a mild winter in that neck of the woods .
5:23pm 04-09-2017
Philip Taylor
0830 Hobby flew over my car as I entered RSPB Saltholme.
3:01pm 04-09-2017
Chris Corbett
3 juvenile common terns resting on the boom upstream of the Tees Barrage with several adults.
7:33pm 03-09-2017
Paul N Collin
Hobby hawking dragonflies high above Phil Stead hide Saltholme 1st Sept about 11.15am.
5:01pm 03-09-2017
Mark Fishpool
Port Clarence Flood this pm - Little Stint with Dunlin, but no sign of the Curlew Sandpiper
3:41pm 03-09-2017
John Ridgway
Pine Martin seen in Guisborough Woods this morning. On lower path headed towards Hutton Village from Guisborough direction.
12:53am 03-09-2017
Chris Rymer
Highlights from Saltholme on Saturday. Phil Stead hide was the main draw with a number of Waders. The three Pectoral Sandpipers still present with Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Redshank and Dunlin. At the Watchpoint the Water Rail was showing to visitors with Marsh Harrier around in the morning. Paddy's is now quieter now that the Common Terns have gone (a few still present on the Visitor Centre lake) but a Snipe was present and the Black Swan being chased by a Mute Swan. At Saltholme Hide in the morning Yellow Wagtails, Pintail & Egyptian Geese were observed. The Wildfowl and Lapwings numbers increasing.
5:09pm 02-09-2017
peter.dodsworth
Interesting post about the canary 40 years ago I put canary eggs in goldfinch nest behind the house and they fledged .5 ringneck parakeets flying towards Fairfield over rudds Rec this seems to be there flightpath 6.00am almost guaranteed also heard at helmsley north yorks there getting common
4:23pm 02-09-2017
Philip Taylor
Saturday 2nd 0900 Hilton Road between Hilton and Seamer, on the boundary with Hambleton.
Female hen harrier rose up from a fence post and flew off in a south easterly direction.
Although flight seemed quite laboured it was easily distinguishable by its white rump.
1:37pm 02-09-2017
Mike Tucker
Wheatear on straw bales Grewgrass Lane this morning.
11:09am 01-09-2017
Richard Whitehouse
I've been told that the tees barrage is a good spot to see a kingfisher. Is this correct and if so any particular spot? It's becoming an obsession of my eldest and I to spot one but everytime we go to Saltholme we miss it! Any help appreciated
7:06pm 31-08-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme RSPB.
Sunny start to the day with 46 species seen throughout the reserve. Phil Stead Hide was very productive with:- Wood Sandpiper (1), Pectoral Sandpiper (2), Ruff (10), Black-tailed Godwit (30+), Teal (8), Shoveller (2), Common Snipe (1), Water Rail (2), Little Egret (1) with Kingfisher showing sporadically on the depth Indication post.
Saltholme Hide:- Wigeon (50+), Gadwall (20+), Shoveller (16), Little Grebe (6) Dunlin (20+), Little Ringed Plover (4), Egyptian Goose (4), Spotted Redshank (1), Black Swan (3), Golden Plover (1), Ruff (2), Black-tailed Godwit (8), Little Grebe (6), Yellow Wagtail (1), Peregrine Falcon (1) which caused a sudden dispersal of all birds for a short period before returning, also present were the usual geese and waterfowl.
Paddy's Pool had Black Swan (2) been harassed by two Mute Swan, Little Grebe (4), Barnacle Geese (50+) with Curlew (20+) on the Wet grassland. Common Tern numbers now greatly reduced throughout the reserve. Stonechat and Whinchat present at Haverton Gate along with Garganey (1). Once again I must thank colleagues and regular visitors for their input to the counts
10:27pm 30-08-2017
Ian Forrest
Also Peregrine ju, Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear at Saltholme Hide this afternoon.
6:38pm 30-08-2017
Adrienne and Pete S
Saltholme RSPB highlights on Wednesday
It was mostly sunny and warm today and the reserve seemed to be full of birds. Thanks to everyone for their sightings.
40 species were seen from the Saltholme hide and path, including 4 Egyptian geese, 3 black swans, 15 little grebe, 2 great crested grebe, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 little ringed plover, 10 dunlin, 3 ruff, 2 turnstone, 1 green sandpiper, 1 snipe, 30 black tailed godwit, 4 curlew, 4 redshank, 2 linnet, 1 whinchat, 1 meadow pipit, 6 pied wagtail and the coot with white plumage on its back.
The Phil Stead hide/path had 2 black tailed godwit, 25+ teal, 1 little egret, 2 water rail, 5 ruff, 8 snipe, 2 curlew and 6 willow warblers. Sand martins and common term were still present and there were plenty of teal, shovelers, mallard and the occasional tufted duck.
Another whinchat and around 100 goldfinch were seen on the hay meadow, with a kestrel out towards Haverton. In the pollinator garden there were 6 red admirals. A good day, much enjoyed by our many younger visitors as well as visiting birders.
8:50pm 29-08-2017
Emma Wood
10.00am this morning- My Mum spotted a Yellow Canary (completely wild) feeding on our Sunflower hearts in our back garden (Fairfield, Stockton on Tees). This bird flew in with a Goldfinch, fed with it and flew off with it as well.
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