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2:42pm 16-01-2018
Marty Lowery
Whooper swan still on coastal field Green lane Redcar. 10+ curlews at Fox Covert end. Couple of divers at distance just north of Fox covert car park. On the 13th we photographed a guillemot at south gare behind the Scuba club, just id,d it from pics online.
9:14pm 15-01-2018
Chris Rymer
Highlights for Saltholme on Monday. Two Long-eared Owls were seen from the viewpoint (wellies essential). Green-winged Teal showed from Saltholme Hide all day. Water Pipits showed briefly from Saltholme hide in the morning and Phil Stead in the afternoon. A male Sparrowhawk was perched on a post at the Watchpoint then swooped over the feeders.
4:24pm 14-01-2018
Arthur Blakemore
I noticed that Crested tit is not on the Teesmouth list. A long time ago I saw 2 very confiding crested tits during the winter of 1966 on a small conifer in the garden of a house in Station road, Norton. Very clear views that I remember very clearly to this day. It was during a cold snap with snowfall. I went to join the club, together with my lifelong friend Ian Lawson, in 1964 at Angela Cooper's house on Junction road and gave him the details over the next few days at school. Absolutely Crested tits, two of them together within feet of me.
11:33am 14-01-2018
Lockhart and others
Yesterday's Saltholme highlights (minimalist version):

Brambling still around WWP feeding station, but sometimes disappears for 30 mins or so.

No reports of LEO that I heard of (thanks to whoever disturbed them the other week).

Stonechat on fence near lambing shed.

32 species seen from Saltholme hide. Obvious highlights included about a dozen black-tailed godwits, 200+ golden plover, at least 8 pintails, 3 goldeneye (one drake) and a couple of red-breasted mergansers.
10:22am 13-01-2018
Lockhart
Garden tick: tree sparrow, on a feeder a few minutes ago. (NW Billingham)
5:43pm 12-01-2018
Lockhart
Charltons Pond at lunch today: 9 goosander (6male, 3 redheads), 2 little grebe, several long-tailed tits.
10:11am 12-01-2018
Derick Pearson
Single Waxwing in a Garden on Canterbury Road, Brotton Yesterday. No others seen in that area.
6:56pm 11-01-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Sightings.
A cold damp day produced low numbers of species on three of the pools, although Watch Point Hide did produced good sightings of the Kingfisher on a perch very near the window and a close flypast of a Merlin for visitors. There were numerous groups of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and Tree Sparrows along the hedgerow and trees leading up To Haverton, there were no reported sightings of the LEO at Haverton Scrub although there were good views of Bullfinch and Stonechat.
Saltholme Hide produced 40+ species which included :- Barnacle Geese x 40+,Wigeon x 1000+ Shelduck x 4, Lapwing x!00+. there were a noticeable reduction of numbers of Pintail x 8, Teal x 50, Golden Plover x20. Numbers of Gadwall, Curlew, Dunlin, Shoveler and Shelduck appear to remain stable. Black-tailed Godwit x 5, a pair of Red breasted Merganser x 2 gave visitors good views close to the hide. I must thank Neil Hutton and visitors for providing their own sightings
2:32pm 11-01-2018
Richard Green
Green Lane Redcar, Whooper Swan sharing field with numerous Pheasants nr Sewage works.
Approx 200 Black Headed Gulls in the air and 200 Lapwings finding direction above stray.
12:33pm 11-01-2018
Steve B.
Hawfich
St Michael, Church Street, Bishop Middleham, Bishop Middleham, Durham, DL17 9AF
8:12pm 10-01-2018
Chris Corbett
Pair of stonechat flitting along the riverside path along the edge of Portrack Marsh yesterday morning, thanks to the 2 gentleman who pointed them out! Also saw a big flock of jackdaw in the sky above the Redcar trunk road on Monday around 4.15pm, on way towards town and before the fire station.
5:36pm 10-01-2018
Mike Tucker
Brambling in garden at NewMarske this morning.
5:14pm 10-01-2018
Adrienne and Pete S
Wednesday highlights at Saltholme
A gloomy, wet morning gave way to a pleasant windless afternoon. This produced several raptor sightings: marsh harrier flying from Saltholme to Haverton, sparrowhawk on a fencepost across WLWP lake and kestrel moving between telegraph poles near the sheep shed.
The Saltholme hide produced the greatest variety of birds with 40 species seen from and around the hide. There were 10 shelduck, 400+ wigeon, 2 gadwall, 200+ teal, 6 pintail, 12 shoveler, 1 pochard, 2 red breasted merganser, 1 goldeneye, mallard, 3 little egret, 1 little grebe, 200+ golden plover, 400+ lapwing, 24 dunlin, 5 snipe, 3 black tailed godwit, 100+ curlew and 1 redshank. Geese numbers were lower than usual with 40+ barnacle geese and a scattering of Canada and greylag geese.
The black swan was on the VC lake and water rail were seen by the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and at WLWP. The brambling was seen regularly among the finches and tits at WLWP (though never by me!). Around 30 fieldfare and 3 or 4 redwing flew over the reserve, whilst a stonechat and wren were seen by the Jubilee Mound, tree sparrows and stock doves at the VC and 6 reed buntings on the Saltholme path.
Thanks to Maurice, Dave N and our knowledgeable visitors for their bird reports.
3:14pm 09-01-2018
Marty Lowery
2 tree sparrows, and a warbler ( chiff chaff size, flitting about in undergrowth half way along where the farmer has trashed the hedges) , highlights of quick walk down Green Lane. Whooper swan still there.
8:37pm 08-01-2018
Carole Wilcox
Little Egret seen twice in the past week..Bakehouse Square area of Guisborough and neighbouring beck
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