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7:47pm 17-08-2017
peter dodsworth
back at henley witnessed red kite almost land on collared dove while visiting last years nest.kite made no attempt to catch.and dove wasnt worreied
8:27am 17-08-2017
malolm brown
For the first time i saw a kingfisher take a sprat from Kafiga landings just off the deep water berth in old Hartlepool. 10 august 2017
3:23pm 16-08-2017
Barn Owl hunting at Brotton yesterday am and 3 buzzards on same field 5 minutes later.
6:54pm 15-08-2017
Bert Mitchell
Saltholme RSPB
A quiet day for many of the rarity hunters who arrived. The White Rumped Sandpiper was present early on but it proved elusive and only about five observers obtained views of the bird. It moved on and could not be relocated.
Wildfowl continue to increase and Wigeon numbers have risen to about 200. 129 Gadwall were seen and upto 30 Teal and 30 Shoveter were present on Saltholme Pools. The usual Egrets and Grebes provided some interest. Wader numbers are lower than usual for the time of year but this appears to be a National problem. Seen today were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Golden Plover (another sign of autumn) 200 Lapwing, 20 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe and 60 Curlew. A Short Eared Owl was reported from the Haverton area. Thanks to the Hide Guides and visitors for the information contained in this report.
5:53pm 15-08-2017
Keith Ferry
Buzzard being mobbed by crows as it flew out of Linthorpe cemetery
4:06pm 15-08-2017
Jerry Lee
2skeins of geese & kestrel over Eston 6am
7:16pm 14-08-2017
Graeme Boddy
Tilery wood this afternoon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cross bill x3, Siskin x2 and Common Buzzard all within 100 yards of the car park. Not a lot more in a further 2 hours
10:07pm 13-08-2017
Seamer 13 August. Nuthatch on peanuts this afternoon. Only the second one seen in ten years
9:46pm 13-08-2017
Emma Wood
Out of Area - North Yorkshire - Today

Turtle Dove still showing at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre this evening, along with 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a couple of Siskins. Usual Tit species showing as well.

Wass Forest (very nearer Helmsley) - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker spotted in the fir trees towards the back of the forest. Also lots of Treecreepers, Goldcrest's, Siskins, many of the Tit species, Chiffchaff and possibly a Spotted Flycatcher too. Was looking out for the Crossbills but unfortunately didn't see them. Definitely worth visiting!
12:19pm 13-08-2017
Mike Tucker
2 Buzzards over Errington Wood this morning.
10:47pm 12-08-2017
Chris Rymer
Saltholme Highlights for Saturday. A Spotted Flycatcher was spotted early doors on the Fire Station Path, at Phil Stead Water rail was seen briefly with the chick revealing itself from time to time and several Black-tailed Godwits. At Paddy's a Greenshank was reported and a Wheatear was seen on the path to the Sheep Shed. At Saltholme Hide a Marsh Harrier was seen flying from Dorman's Pool, a Ruff late-on and more Godwits. Water Fowl numbers are on the rise with hundreds of Gadwall, several Shovelers and Wigeon starting to return.
5:20pm 11-08-2017
Rex Earnshaw
Coast Rd , Redcar.
Watched a sparrowhawk for 30 minutes on my garden fence before all the sparrows sheltering in my hedge made a break for it , big mistake as kill was swift and efficient.
6:24pm 09-08-2017
Adrienne Simcock
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday.
It was great to have some sunshine, although the wind had a cold edge. As a sign of the changing seasons, waterfowl numbers continued to increase. At Saltholme hide, there were around 130 gadwall, 40+ mute swans, 2 black swans, 4 Egyptian geese (visible from the road), 1 barnacle goose, small groups of wigeon, shoveler, tufted duck and teal, 300+ lapwing, 30 dunlin, 2 black tailed godwit (with another 8 at Phil Stead hide), 2 little egret, 2 cormorant, 2 little grebe, 1 great crested grebe, 1 little ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper and 1 greenshank.
At Paddy's there was also 1 barnacle goose and 2 black swans, 4 little grebe and 1 common tern which sat on the wooden frame for most of the afternoon with a large fish in its mouth, flying around and resting, but never actually eating it.
Tufted duck numbers on the main lake were up to 35. A water rail with chick was seen at Phil Stead hide, a water vole at the Wildlife Watchpoint and a stoat on the wilderness walk. Raptors seen were sparrowhawk and peregrine at Saltholme and kestrel around the reserve. Linnet, reed bunting, pied wagtail and reed warblers were seen at various locations.
Thanks to all those who passed on their sightings.
9:13pm 05-08-2017
Lockhart and others
Today's Saltholme highlights, including info from other guides and visitors.

42 bird species recorded at Saltholme Hide. Obvious highlight was the Egyptian geese, but they were not spotted after 15:00. A good selection of waders recorded, including ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, dunlin, curlew and others. Waterfowl numbers are definitely rising, with numerous shoveler, gadwall and others. At least 3 young GC grebes and several little grebes, plus little ergets and grey herons. Raptors were represented by kestrel and sparrowhawk.

At the dragonfly pools, a sedge warbler was hunting, and at least two emerald damselflies were spotted.

The barnacle goose was at Paddy's again, which is still home to some very young tern chicks. More little grebes among the usual suspects.

From the WWP, at least one water rail, another little grebe, reed warblers and wrens hunting close to the hide. Grey heron and little egret also present.

At Phil Stead Hide, a juvenile shelduck was the only one I saw on site. Numbers of teal and other waterfowl were rising, while a couple of snipe appeared during showers.

Thanks to everyone else who reported sightings.
7:11pm 03-08-2017
Neil Hutton
The morning had heavy showers but in the afternoon the sun came out and things warmed up. A scaup was visible at Saltholme pools - in the morning on Back Saltholme and in the afternoon near the causeway on Saltholme West. The 4 Egyptian geese were seen all day, and 2 black swans with another one of these being seen at Paddy's hide. There were 4 avocets,only 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 common sandpiper and upto 70 dunlins on the Saltholme pools, but the numbers of wildfowl is still low. On the other hand lapwing and curlew numbers are on the rise. Snipe were seen at various locations on the reserve. A lone Barnacle goose is still at Paddy's pool apparently unable to fly. Some lucky visitors saw a marsh harrier from Paddys', and kestrel and sparrowhawk were also reported on the reserve.
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