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6:50am 07-05-2018
First swallows & house martins seen in field near train track at seaham yesterday 1025
8:41pm 06-05-2018
Maurice local
Nicely presented Steve. The best access is from the Zinc Works road After 7.00pm the light was poor for photos
7:33pm 05-05-2018
Rex Earnshaw
Redstart nesting in usual box at wood next to cattle grid at commondale , cuckoo calling at Killdale.
Yellow wagtails everywhere at Bishop Middleham , saw 7 together along wall leading to hide
5:41pm 05-05-2018
Minimalist Saltholme highlights fromt his afternoon:

The most exciting moment for me was finding a black-necked grebe on Paddy's Pool, between 14:30 and 15:00; it was still there when i left the hide around 16:00. Spent a long time waiting for it to come into camera range but it didn't want to play. Also at that hide, two great crested grebes and a couple of pochard, plus the usual long-range selection on the wet grassland.

Sedge warblers at WWP and a couple of whitethroats nearby.

Blackcap in bushes beween Phil Stead and FSF, plus another sedge warbler; from Phil Stead itself, adolescent grey heron being dive-bombed bya BH gull, plus a single shoveler.

I only got about 10 minutes at Saltholme Hide, which, apart from tidying up, was enough to confirm the presence of about a dozen avocets and at least one little ringed plover.
12:55pm 05-05-2018
Cuckoo heard calling yesterday afternoon from Blakey Bank - Farndale.
7:27pm 03-05-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve
A Sunny start to the day, turning Cold and Breezy. All areas of the reserve produced a good variety of interesting species. Two Blackcaps were seen and heard singing in the trees along the footpath between Phil Stead and Fire Station along with Black-tailed Godwit Redshank and Gadwall on the pools The Ring-necked Duck was still present on allotment pool among a large group of Tufted Duck which proved difficult for most visitors to single out. Also present were Sedge Warblers, Whitethroat, Swallows and Linnets whose numbers are on the increase throughout the reserve.
Shelduck numbers remain around 100+ at Paddy's Pool along with Avocet, Oystercatcher, creating nesting sites Redshank, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover numbers are also increasing at Saltholme Hide. Finally Common Terns are arriving on the reserve with numbers of Sand Martins increasing at the visitor centre. I must thank my colleagues and visitors for their input to the sightings of over forty species
5:51pm 03-05-2018
Tony Barnes
Newton Woods/Roseberry Common
Cuckoo,plus one calling at Gribdale,Garden Warbler,Lots of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps,Tree Pipit,Nuthatch.
Two Stoats.
11:55am 03-05-2018
Chris Corbett
Grasshopper warbler heard along Northumbrian water site edge of Portrack Marsh reserve this morning + whitethroat and chiffchaffs along scrubby edges of reserve. 3 common terns flying and calling, mallard chicks, lots of sedge warblers and small number of sand martins over the river. 2 pochard too, lots of coot and tufted ducks, black headed gulls.
6:05pm 02-05-2018
Peter & Adrienne
Wednesday 2nd May.
Heavy rain showers before opening gave way to a bright if blustery day at Saltholme.
The highlight was the Ringed Neck Duck which was still present on the Allotment pool, where it was swimming and diving with a group of Tufted Ducks.
Meanwhile on the Haverton Pool two Great Crested Grebes were seen fighting. The dominate grebe was holding another grebe by the beak forcing its head under water( this has been seen before, see blog https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/f/13609/t/191314.aspx)

Elsewhere on the reserve 46 species were seen from the Saltholme Hide, including the following waders: Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers , 22 Avocets, 3 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Redshanks and about 10 lapwings. Winter duck numbers have now been reduced to a handful of wigeon and a dozen or so teal. Two hares were seen on the grassland.

At Paddy's pool hide, 84 Shelducks were seen on the wet grasslands, with small numbers of Wigeon, Gadwell and Shoveler. 4 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Redshanks were also seen from Paddy's Pool Hide.

Warblers seen and heard were Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler, and several Grasshopper warblers. Sky larks and Meadow Pipits were also trying to sing and display despite the strong wind.
Sparrowhawk and kestrel were the only two raptors see today.

My thanks to my fellow hide guides and visitors for their observations
3:48pm 30-04-2018
Tony Barnes
Inspite of the cold and strong wind,Orange Tip & Green-veined White butterflies at Portrack Marsh.
12:36am 29-04-2018
4 avocet, 6 black headed gulls, curlew and egret at teesmouth reserve
4:15pm 27-04-2018
Keith Milsom
Lockwood beck, on or near feeders Siskin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock,
Robin,Lesser Redpoll Pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Pink footed Goose still there with Greylag.
Scaling Dam, Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo distant from the bird hide in trees
2:46pm 27-04-2018
lot of activity n the beach edge at south gare yesterday,must have been over 200 waders sanderlins and ring plover plus on the sands wheatear and rock pipits.
7:47pm 26-04-2018
Wayne Richardson
A sub-adult Red Kite was mobbed by a crow as it flew (N > S) directly over Hemlington Lake at 10:20.
7:29pm 26-04-2018
Neil Hutton
A cool and breezy day at Saltholme but in the main the rain held off. Saltholme pool hide had the greatest variety of birds with good views of common sandpiper, ringed and little ringed plover, dunlin, upto 18 avocet as well as all the usual wildfowl and other residents. The wet grassland at Paddy’s hosts a remarkable total of at least 122 shelduck as well as a few avocets and still a good number of lapwing and wigeon. Sedge warblers are to be heard all over the reserve but were lying low in the breeze, but some sightings were reported, and a grasshopper warbler is still being seen and heard at Haverton. The ring necked duck is still on site today at the Allotment pool. Great crested grebe numbers are in double figures over the whole reserve. Swifts and house martins, as well as swallows and sand martins, are now well established on the reserve. Many thanks to fellow guides Dennis Bainbridge and Arthur Truby, and other visitors, for their help in reporting observations.
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