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6:46pm 02-05-2011
Hurworth burn.willow and sedge warblers,chiffchaff,plenty of sand martins,gc grebes,also a young heron in the shallows and spotted my first swift of the year
6:45pm 02-05-2011
Lockhart Horsburgh
Spion Kop cemetary and local NR, hartlepool (10:40): male whinchat

Crimdon Dene: 1300ish: 6 little tern, at least 4 ringed plovers (2 displaying) and loads of dog-walkers and kids scaring the birds.

Phil Stead hide, Saltholme 14:00ish: wood sandpiper, 3 snipe, little egret

Dorman's Pool: 3+ grasshopper warbler (all heard, none seen; one was south of the access road), stonechat pair, reed + sedge warblers.
2:26pm 02-05-2011
Marty Barfoot
Coatham Marsh..12.30-2.00 pm...Watched a Hobby for around and hour,first seen chasing Swallow over the smalll hills just before the pipes,then continued overhead taking insects and feeding on the wing.What a fantastic sight.Also Whitethroat,Shelduck x2,Mute Swan, 15+ Sandmartins and Swallows.
10:08am 02-05-2011
2nd April 9.50am Cuckoo flew over my garden and landed in a tree near by, only stopped for seconds and flew off, that sound was music to my ears, only ever saw one before and that was at fairburn ings, also 2 song thrushes are feeding in my garden .
8:08am 02-05-2011
Mel Cowton
Nightingale in same area in Cowpen Bewley WP. Showed well for 5 mins singing from branch from 7.35am. Also whitethroat, chiffchaff and male blackcap while waiting.
10:05pm 01-05-2011
Whitfield Benson
30th April... Morning...Single Dotterel Danby Beacon near roadside as road goes downhill from beacon also Golden Plover pair on lower ground, many Meadow Pipits & Wheatear, pair of Mistle Thrushes carrying food. At Kildale- Two Green Woodpeckers gave good views, along with Lapwings, Curlews, 20+Wheatears, 14 Linnet also Cuckoo. Afternoon - North Gare - Great views & pics of Shorelark ( near disused golf green as you approach the breakwater ), with Linnets, Wheatears, Skylarks, also a Merlin flew close to the area where the Shorelark was. Evening - Commondale .. Roe Deer buck, Buzzard, Ring Ouzel, and very confiding Wheatear male.
7:58pm 01-05-2011
Pete Garbutt/M Local
Outside area saw Collared Pratincole at Immingham gave excellent views flying continuously, also first Swift of the year.
Back at the ranch the Nightingale gave good views at 5.30 during 40mins waiting for views in the same area saw the following, Bullfinch,Greenfinch,Goldfinch,Chaffinch,Willow Warbler,Garden Warbler,Whitethroat,Blackcap and Blackbird amazing whats there when you look.
6:34pm 01-05-2011
Ken McGregor
Walking near Bowesfield marsh this morning and high up I saw a large bird being hassled by a crow. It was very pale underneath with darker markings running out to the wing tips. It was clearly a raptor but not one I've seen before. Could it possibly have been a Marsh Harrier?. It wasn't around for very long. I'm a walker not a bird watcher so I could be very wrong.
3:02pm 01-05-2011
Bert Mitchell
I was with John Money between Commondale and Lockwood at about 11.15a.m. when a Red kite appeared, It crossed over the road (and into Cleveland) and headed towards Freeborough Hill and it then dropped out of sight near to Haredale Farm. We tried but could not relocate it. also had 3 Buzzards and a Merlin at the chevrons. Could find no sign of the Wryneck reported on pagers yesterday
12:11pm 01-05-2011
Ian Forrest
Crimdon - Little Tern x20, Ringed Plover x8.

Holme Fleet - Whimbrel x14.

RSPB Saltholme - Phil Stead Hide - Wood Sandpiper, Shoveler pair, Little Egret, Redshank, Lapwing.

Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park - Nightingale. Canada Geese x6 plus six newly hatched goslings on the lake.
9:32am 01-05-2011
Dave Nelson
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park. The Nightingale is still there and singing well, se directions on posting below.
1:04am 01-05-2011
Billy Hodson
Bowesfield Reserve at first light. Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting. Hell of a noise. Also sustained ,loud sound like grasshopper. Could this be Grasshopper Warbler or just plain grasshoppers
11:25pm 30-04-2011
Ian Kendall & Jackie
First-winter Med. Gull off Redcar this pm.
6:27pm 30-04-2011
Martin Finney
Nightingale was found by Adam Williams and myself this morning .
6:13pm 30-04-2011
Johannes Nobel
Nightingale still singing at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park at the end of the afternoon. From car park go straight on, across the board walk and over the beck. Turn right and follow the beck to the next bridge. From there just follow your ears!
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