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7:35pm 25-09-2017
Chris Rymer
Monday Saltholme highlights on a rainy/misty day - Six Stonechats and one Whinchat seen between the Haverton Gate and Paddy's Hide Around 100 Barnacle Geese on the Wet Grassland. The young Great Crested Grebe also around. At Saltholme Hide a Merlin was seen in the morning and in the afternoon 10 Black-tailed Godwit, x15 Golden Plover x2 Snipe, Wigeon and Teal numbers on the rise and two Little Stints.
7:02pm 23-09-2017
Lockhart and others
Today's Saltholme highlights:

It's officially autumn! A mini-skein of 7 pink-footed geese flew over the car park around 12:30, stopped at Saltholme pools for a bath, then moved tot he wet grassland beyond Paddy's to feed. They were still present when I left Paddy's around 15:15.

From Phil Stead, at least 5 snipe, ruff, 3 water rails (1 adult, 2 juveniles), little egret, little grebe, sparrowhawk, several migrant hawkers, and one rather late brown hawker.

From WWP and surroundings, kestrel, very distant marsh harrier (other side of seal sands road), little grebe, water rail and more migrant hawkers.

I disturbed a hare near the Jubilee Mound (it was in the middle of the path when I came round the corner), first I've seen on the reserve for a couple of months.

About 2 dozen species from Paddy's. In addition to the PFGs, about 55 barnacle geese, at least 6 little grebes, a late juvenile GC grebe (still stripy around the head and neck), redshank, curlew and other things I've forgotten.

Ridiculous numbers of red admirals around the wildlife garden.

I think the final species count from Saltholme Hide was 38. The golden plover count has doubled to 4, and other waders included snipe, ruff, black-tailed godwit, redshank, curlew and lapwing. Waterfowl numbers continue to rise, with a lot of wigeon and gadwall, plus shoveler, tufty, pochard, teal, and singles of pintail and shelduck. At least 3 little egrets, grey heron, 5+ dabchicks, sparrowhawk, kestrel, stonechat and the usual black swans.

Thanks to everyone else who told me about their sightings.
11:44pm 22-09-2017
Andrew Rackstraw
Bracken hill business park Peterlee. Jay and singing chiffchaff.
Ring necked parakeets over fens estate Hartlepool , 4 mornings this week. 18 max count.
6:37am 22-09-2017
Neil Hutton
A mixed day of weather at Saltholme starting breezy and bright, then heavy rain for a while early afternoon, and finishing dryer. The rain brought the snipe out at Phil Stead with seven seen feeding in front of the hide. Very quiet at that hide first thing, but during the rain 5 black tailed godwits, 1 ruff, 1 little egret and 10 curlew were seen, with 2 water rail reported earlier.
Saltholme hide had lots of wigeon, gadwall,teal,shoveler and tufted ducks along with a couple of pintail and a pochard. Five little grebe were counted, and lapwing and curlew numbers continue to build, though no golden plover were seen. 5 black tailed godwits, 2 redshank, 2 dunlin, a ringed plover and a snipe were recorded. The 3 black swans are still in residence.
Two wheatear are still frequenting the island on Paddy's. There were 6 little grebe there and 57 barnacle geese were counted on the grassland.
Only one kestrel was seen on the reserve on Thursday.
6:46pm 20-09-2017
Peter & Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday. 20 September
A sunny morning and a dry warm afternoon made it a pleasant day out on the reserve. 50 species of birds were seen around the reserve with 34 from the Saltholme hide. 4 species of raptors were seen - a kestrel, 2 buzzards and 2 marsh harrier flew over the reserve, and a sparrowhawk was seen from Phil Stead hide.
Phil Stead was a good viewpoint for black tailed godwits, one adult and one juvenile water rail, little egret, plenty of lapwing, and a group of snipe hiding in the Mare's Tail.
Saltholme provided the usual range of ducks: tufted duck, shoveler, pintail, gadwall, mallard, wigeon and teal. Numbers of waders were inceasing, including 100+ lapwing, 30 curlew, 6 black tailed godwit, 3 redshank, 3 little egret, 1 golden plover, 2 Little Stint and a Snipe.
Three black swans were also seen at Saltholme.
Little grebes were on every main lake, with a great crested grebe at Back Saltholme.
A single Wheatear was present around Paddy's Hide, sometimes on the Island, sometimes in front of the hide. Other smaller birds seen around the reserve were reed bunting, meadow pipit, pied wagtail and linnet. Blue tit, great tit, tree sparrow, greenfinch and goldfinch were seen on the feeders at WLWP.
A Barn Owl was reported to have been seen at Dormans.
There were 4 species of butterflies in the pollinator garden: Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, and Speckled Wood.
Thanks to all our visitors and hide guides for the sightings.,
6:43pm 20-09-2017
Tony Barnes
Elephant Hawk-Moth caterpillar in my Seamer garden.
6:26pm 20-09-2017
Jonathan Ogden
Not sure how rare this is here but just been within a few feet of a juvenile Guillemot while walking near Steetley pier. Got a few photos
2:40pm 20-09-2017
Maurice local
When viewing from Saltholme hide watch the lapwings one with white wings stands out when small group in flight.
5:22pm 19-09-2017
Tony Barnes
Saltholme - Lots of Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters,plus a single Black Darter (a first for me at this site).
4:14pm 19-09-2017
tim robinson
five buzzards, circling over salterns,vewd from philstead hide.
12:10pm 19-09-2017
Matthew Hunter
Merlin perched on rock briefly then flew - castleton rigg above westerdale head.

Also Merlin seen yesterday between goathland and egton bridge - flew from roadside perch
7:02pm 18-09-2017
Chris Rymer
Saltholme highlights for Monday. At Phil Stead early on were flypasts of Merlin and Great Spotted Woodpecker. In the afternoon Kingfisher, Snipe and Black-tailed Godwit. The Water Rail showed under the feeders at the Wildlife Watchpoint. A Wheatear was on the roof of Paddy's Hide on the grassland were c80 Barnacle Geese and one Pink-footed Goose. A Sparrowhwak was seen chasing Goldfinch. At Saltholme hide were Snipe, x2 Little Stint and a Marsh Harrier over East Saltholme.
9:27pm 17-09-2017
A McLee
Imm. male Merlin hunting No 4 Brine Field this afternoon
9:17am 15-09-2017
Martin WW
Re Saltholme yesterday sightings. A few barnacle geese were present distantly from Paddys Pool hide (with the Egyptian geese). Are the barnacles resident or migrants?
6:57pm 14-09-2017
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve
After a torrential downpour through the night all water levels were high, which appeared not to affect bird numbers throughout the reserve with a total of 50 species seen. Ruff numbers still reasonable at Phil Stead and Fire Station pools around 9 seen, although Black-tailed Godwit numbers are down :-3, Teal and Shoveller numbers remaining stable, Adult Water Rail and Juvenile still present
WLWP feeders had the usual numbers of Greenfinch, Goldfinch, and Tree Sparrows, Water Vole gave a brief appearance in the cutting through the reeds , Three Common Snipe flew over head.
Numbers of Little Grebe throughout the reserve are still quite high 16 in total :- 10 on Saltholme along with Gadwall and Shoveller seen on all pool. Saltholme pool produced the greater number of Species (45), these included Wigeon :-200+, Golden Plover 10, Pintail:- 6 (Female), Dunlin :- 8, Redshank :- 4 Black-tailed Godwit :-6. Paddy's pool provided visitors with brief glimpses of Egyptian Geese :-4. A solitary Chiffchaff heard at Haverton pool. All pools also produced the usual waterfowl normally seen.
I must thank my colleague Neil Hutton and all visitors for their sightings
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