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9:53am 18-05-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Thursday 17th May Saltholme Reserve
A cool but sunny day after the recent good weather. good numbers of Whitethroat, Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers singing throughout the reserve also an increase of Swift flying over the pools.
Common Tern numbers are finally starting increase with one actually settling down on a nest right outside Paddy's hide on the new scrape which should provide visitors with good views of the progression of any newly fledged chicks, providing they are not predated by the larger gulls around the reserve Over on the wetland Shelducks numbers remain stable along with Shoveller, Avocets and Oystercatcher which one or two seem to be settling on possible nests. A solitary Wood Sandpiper was seen early morning out on the most southerly part of the wetland, however it was not observed later in the day. also present at Paddy's Pool were Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and Pochard,
Meadow Pipits and Skylark singing and displaying over the grass verges leading down to Saltholme where the usual water fowl were seen along with Pochard, Great Crested Grebe Shelduck Avocet (10) Shoveller, Little Egret and Ringed Plover. There are still one or two Wigeon and Barnacle Geese around the reserve. No birds of prey were observed throughout the day. Once again I must thank my colleagues and visitors for their input to these sightings
9:05am 18-05-2018
Tony Marron
Juvenile Robin confused by garden feeders this morning, sitting on top until a male Blackbird clung to the side of a fat ball feeder & the Robin followed suit! Suet bar feeder being recharged daily at present!
6:03am 18-05-2018
Chris Oyston
First song thrush I've seen in my Marske garden for over five years. Really pleased to report
9:08am 17-05-2018
Tony Marron
Pair of Bullfinch on my Marton garden feeders this morning. Initialy disturbed by Woodpigeon, they transferred to Dandylion seed heads (So glad I've left part of lawn un-mown) before going back to sunflower hearts! Stars of the feeders by a mile!
8:04pm 13-05-2018
Ali McLee
2 grey plover and 3 whimbrel on Long Drag & No 4 Brine fields during today's WeBS count
11:21am 13-05-2018
Chris Murphy
4 Whimbrel in fIeld across road from substation pull in.
10:18am 13-05-2018
Chris Murphy
Drake Garganey on pool on north side of North Gare road at 10am but elusive in channels
2:11pm 11-05-2018
Christine Corbett
2 swifts called and flew low over our backyard in Saltburn this morning, hope they're our street's resident pair. They seem very late this year, relieved to have them back.
7:38pm 10-05-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve 10th of May
A really sunny day on the reserve with a slight westerly breeze. Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, and Reed Bunting seen and heard in all the Reed beds throughout the reserve.
Very good to see increasing numbers numbers of Common Tern, Swift, Sand Martin and Swallow, although House Martin numbers are still low.

Saltholme hide provided all visitors to the hide with good views of a Male Wheatear on the fence on both sides of the hide and in front of the hide, also providing good views were Little Ringed Plover, and Avocets performing mating displays. Two Marsh Harriers were seen over at DormansPool

There was also a Whitethroat singing in the tree on the approach to the hide along with Reed Bunting. Numbers of Gadwall, Shoveler, Shelduck Great Crested Grebe remain high .

The Black- necked Grebe was seen sporadically from Paddy's Hide along with a Ruff in full breeding plumage, numbers of Shelduck, Gadwall and Shoveller also remaining high on the Wetland. The Black-headed gulls were kept busy harassing both Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed Gulls, unfortunately three fledglings were predated.

I must thank my colleagues and various visitors for their input to these sighting.
6:43pm 09-05-2018
Lockhart
Non-bird sighting: nipped over to Saltholme around 1 to spend my lunch break in the Phil Stead Hide. Not much of note on the bird front (best were probably song thrush and whitethroat singing nearby) but saw my first 4-spotted chaser of the year.
6:17pm 09-05-2018
Peter Simcock
Wednesday 9th May.
A sunny morning promised a good day, however it clouded over in the afternoon and cooled off. Over 50 species of birds were seen on the reserve today.

All the winter visitors seemed to have departed, except for a handful of wigeon and a few teal out on the wet grasslands. The summer birds are arriving, with 21 Common Terns seen over the Main Lake, with smaller numbers seen from Paddy's and Saltholme Hides.

The black headed gulls were making lots of noise, especially as they were frequently being harried by pairs of Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

Large numbers of shelducks are still present on the wet grasslands, but the Ringed Neck Duck was not reported. Other ducks seen included : Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Shoveler and Tufted Ducks. Waders seen included Avocet, Lapwing, Oystercatchers, Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover.

Meadow pipit and Skylark were singing on the way to Haverton. A Song Thrush was singing from the Tree in the Sensory Garden. A few swallows and sand martins were seen around the reserve. Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warblers were seen and heard. A Wheatear was seen at Saltholme East.

A Bittern was reported at Haverton, briefly flying between reed beds. Little Egrets were seen around the reserve, as were Several Grey Herons.

Greylag and Canada Geese have been seen with several broods of goslings, and there was a female mallard with a brood of ducklings seen at Saltholme.

Sparrowhawk , buzzard and kestrel were the only raptors seen by observers on the reserve, but three Marsh Harriers were reported at Dormans.

My thanks to my fellow hide guides and visitors for their observations
1:47pm 09-05-2018
Mark Fishpool
Garganey pair still on Albert Park Lake at 1.25pm - about half way down on west side. Also Lesser Whitethroat by NCR65 on Sandy Flatts en route.
1:50pm 08-05-2018
GB
Cuckoo heard from near top of Carlton Bank in big void on the left.
Also Swift at Chop yat & Swallow gathering mud at Commondale.
9:06am 07-05-2018
Christine Corbett
Sorry, forgot to say previous entry was from yesterday!
9:06am 07-05-2018
Christine Corbett
Cuckoo seen and heard on edge of woodland near Foul Green Farm, on Esk Valley way walking Commondale-Castleton. Also saw and heard green woodpecker, brief glimpse of female redstart. Lots of green tiger beetles and a few mining and nomada bees on sandy stetches of the path and around old stone walls.
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