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8:27pm 07-01-2018
Emma Wood
Water Rail showed good views at Saltholme today. It was feeding underneath the feeders at Wildlife Watchpoint hide.

Mass of other species seen as well.
5:32pm 07-01-2018
Helen Gaunt
12 Snow Buntings at Danby Beacon.
5:26pm 07-01-2018
Richard Green
Redcar Green Lane, Field between Marske and Redcar. Fellow Birder pointed out solitary Whooper Swan apparently been there for 3days. Also tens of Lapwing and several Curlew.
9:29am 07-01-2018
Steve Duke
Now totally out of touch with local birding after several years of intense activity, but 2 days ago surprised to see a Little Egret perching awkwardly in typical wobbly Egret-in-a-tree style. Bow Street, Guisborough, trees next to Parish Church Hall. I know they seem to be everywhere nowadays - Saltholme ok, but central Guisborough?! Don't tell me they winter at the lakes over back of there?!
8:47pm 04-01-2018
Neil Hutton
Saltholme highlights on a cold day, which alternated between light and heavy rain, included redpoll and water rail feeding on paths near the fire station screen and the Alice table respectively. A brambling was again present on the watchpoint feeders, and the green sandpiper showed up this time at Back Saltholme. On the same pool there was a male goldeneye and 3 females, and the barnacle flock seemed to be back up to its 100 mark. A female merganser appears late on at Saltholme West, and between the 2 pools, there were about 16 pintails. Looking north from the hide about 2000 lapwing did their variation on murmeration from about 2pm onwards. A kingfisher was seen at Haverton. The usual wildfowl and waders were all seen throughout the reserve, but given the weather it was no surprise that raptor sightings were low. Thanks to all visitors who helped with reports, and Barbara Keville for identification help and companionship.
4:50pm 04-01-2018
Tony Barnes
Message for Akeki
For the Desert Wheatear
Head towards Whitby Abbey car park,it’s on the left approaching the Abbey,no parking charges.At the T junction where you turned in,go left,there is a gate on the right overlooking a farm track.The wheatear is in that area,best of luck.
11:52am 04-01-2018
Mike Henry
Dormans pool yesterday 3 Jan. (3:15 to 4pm) Hunting juvenile/2cal year male marsh harrier (sexed on size, build etc) briefly visited Saltholme before returning to roost at 3:56. c.60 Fieldfares roosted in hawthorns towards Hargreaves Quarry.
9:10am 04-01-2018
Akeki
I'm sure there are directions somewhere on Twitter, but I am not a subscriber (still living in the dark ages!). Can someone give me a more specific location of the Desert Wheatear at Whitby Abbey please? I am hoping to get there this weekend if it is still around.
6:25pm 03-01-2018
P Davenport
Goosander in far corner of Hartburn Brick Pond.
5:55pm 03-01-2018
Peter Simcock
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 . Highlights at Saltholme
It was a bright sunny day, but a strong wind made it feel very cold, hence the birds tended to be hunkered down. Even so, just under fifty species of birds were seen. However, the only two raptors seen were kestrel and sparrowhawk, the latter taking a small bird from the Watch Point feeding area.
Waders included large flocks of lapwing and golden plover at the Saltholme hide, but there were also around 100+ curlew, 16 black tailed godwit, 2 redshank and a dunlin. The green sandpiper appeared briefly at Phil Stead, where there was also a single Black Tailed Godwit near to the hide. Meanwhile at Dormans 12 Black Tailed Godwits were seen, as well as Stonechats on the way to the hide. Water rails were seen at WLWP and the Phil Stead.
All the main winter ducks were seen at the reserve: at Saltholme there were numerous wigeon, many small groups of teal, 20 pintail, 2 red breasted merganser, 7 shelduck, several shoveler, a few tufted duck and 2 goldeneye. Pochard were seen on the main lake and the black swan was on the Visitor Centre pond. There were over 120 coot at Haverton.
There were many Canada geese, and few greylag geese. A group of about 30+ Barnacles flew on to the wet grasslands near Saltholme and stayed for most of the day.
Little egrets were mobile and seen from all the hides. A single grey heron could be seen in the far distance on wet grasslands. Cormorant were seen at Saltholme and 3 little grebes on the VC lake. Tree sparrows , finches, tits, stock doves continue to visit the feeding stations. A weasel was seen near Paddy's with a small mammal in its mouth.
Thanks to everyone for the sightings.
2:47pm 03-01-2018
Chris Corbett
Male red breasted merganser feeding upstream of the Newport Bridge on the Tees this lunchtime.
4:09pm 02-01-2018
Tony Barnes
Seamer - Tawny Owl in garden tree,early morning.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (female),pair of Bullfinch on feeders.
4:37pm 01-01-2018
Tony Barnes
Desert Wheatear gave great views at Whitby Abbey,Snow Buntings x 14 at Danby Beacon late PM.
A Very Happy New Year to all birders.
2:36pm 01-01-2018
Allens West
Three ruff, Bydales School field, Marske, this afternoon.
8:37am 01-01-2018
Rex Earnshaw
First bird of 2018 was a sparrowhawk on my feeders, a good start for me but not the best for any little birds about
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