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7:35pm 24-05-2018
Neil Hutton
The cold and cloudy conditions at Saltholme today maybe helped to stimulate the low level flying of hundreds of swifts above any bit of water on the reserve, and in amongst them a good number of house martins. Two Temmink’s stints continued to give distance views on Back Saltholme, but the female scaup at Paddy’s was much closer to see. The geese on the wet grassland included 2 barnacles and a pink footed. Wildfowl numbers are still strong but with some birds showing moult, and large numbers of tufted duck were present on the main lake, and gadwall at Dormans. A great crested grebe on the main lake is now proudly carrying young on its back. Marsh harrier were seen at Phil Stead hide, the wildlife watchpoint and Saltholme pools. Avocets, little ringed and ringed plover were seen, and whitethroat, reed and sedge warbler were singing across the reserve.
7:26pm 23-05-2018
jjn
Yesterday evening a great spotted woodpecker was trying to look into a bird box in my garden, Birkdale road Hartburn. First ever sighting in my garden of woodpecker.
J.
6:28pm 23-05-2018
Peter Garbutt
Highlights at Saltholme: 2 temmincks stint,2 sandwich tern,male garganey,greenshank all from back Saltholme.visitor centre main lake:Arctic tern.From Paddy’s a female scaup and 2 barnacle geese.wildlife watch point: 2 marsh harrier.Many thanks to Dave Nelson,Maurice Local,Martin Blick and all visitors for their contributions.
6:08pm 21-05-2018
Chris Murphy
Two 1st summer Little Gulls Holme Fleet at 6pm.
5:10pm 21-05-2018
Tony Barnes
Dormans top area. Lots of Dingy Skippers,Common Blues,Wall,Peacock,Red Admiral, Cinnabar, Four-spotted Chaser,Black-tailed Skimmer(female),Large-Red Damselfly,Blue-tailed Damselfly & Common Damselfly.
10:57pm 20-05-2018
Derick Pearson
Little Ringed Plover x 2, Common Sandpiper x 1, Willow Warbler nest building and Cuckoo x1 on far fence at Scaling Res.
10:53pm 20-05-2018
derick pearson
Beautiful Red Kite just 1 mile south east of Thornton le Dale 12 noon yesterday.
9:27pm 20-05-2018
Andrew Rackstraw
Male Bullfinch .. new garden record for me-Fens Estate Hartlepool.

My 3 nest boxes still unfortunately unoccupied ; except for ' toy mouse' blocking one entrance hole. I can only assume prospective tenant tried to carry it in.
7:51pm 20-05-2018
Mike Tucker
Brimstone Errington woods this afty.
2:51pm 20-05-2018
Malcolm Hassall
Bowesfield ~ 13:00 Little Ringed Plover - Ingleby end of Horse Lake
10:44am 20-05-2018
Lockhart and others
Saltholme highlights from Saturday afternoon:

Marsh harrier with green wing tag "XI" was seen on multiple occasions hunting over the tanks, and occasionally being mobbed by carrion crows and black-headed gulls. Other highlights from that end of the reserve included little grebe from Phil Stead, whitethroat, blackcap and sedge warbler singing nearby, reed and sedge warbler from WWP, plus great crested grebe and pochard on the water. Non-bird sightings included 4-spotted chaser at both top and bottom tank, orange tip near the Phil Stead hide, plus common blue and large red damselfly near the WWP.

Excitement at Paddy's was caused by a ring-necked duck, which appears to be a different individual to the one previously spotted on the reserve, and a spoonbill, which was seen flying over the wet grassland, and dropped into a channel where the wet grassland approaches Back Saltholme. The pool itself had little and great crested grebe, pochard and shoveler, with the usual selection of waterfowl and waders on the wet grassland.

More 4-spotted chasers were seen at the dragonfly pools, along with a selection of damselflies (blue-tailed seemed to be the most numerous), and at least one visitor spotted a newt.

I only spent the final 30 minutes or so at Saltholme hide, but that was enough to pick up about 25 species, with obvious highlights being close views of little ringed plover and about 11 avocets.

At closing time, I found a wall brown butterfly in the walled garden, which felt like an early record.

Thanks to the visitors who contributed sightings.
9:18pm 19-05-2018
Chris
4 Swift screaming low over Skelton-in-Cleveland at 11am today. Lots of Swift's seen over Marske-by-the-sea this afternoon.
10:52am 19-05-2018
Steve lundrgan
Just seen red kite 10 30 rift house hartlepool seemed to be setting towards summerhill
8:45pm 18-05-2018
Lockhart
Out of area:

Three turtle doves at Sutton Bank this evening. Also, loads of siskins, and at least half a dozen yellowhammers.
1:55pm 18-05-2018
Mike Tucker
Barn Owl Guisborough area 8:30 this morning.
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