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8:35am 21-07-2011
Toby Collett
Adult White-rumped Sandpiper still on Saltholme West causeway and now on my office list.

Video from last night

12:05am 21-07-2011
Toby C and Chris B
A look at the sea from Hartlepool was cut short with the sandpiper news Ian mentions below (still present at 21:00 when I left).

A brief watch produced a few Manxies going north, sum-plum Red-throated Diver that must have just taken off near the Heugh Pier and started to head north and a gorgeous Sooty Shearwater that Browny picked up quite close in on a very casual northerly flightpath at 19:00. The highlight was a family pod, minimum 4 but probably 6, White-beaked Dolphins that must have come out of the Hartlepool Bay just before we left to see the WRS and seemed to be feeding about 300-400 metres out from the lighthouse. A pretty good evening all round :)
11:58pm 20-07-2011
Colin Dodsworth
White-rumped Sandpiper still present on the causeway at Saltholme West at 8:30pm. Spoonbill still on Back Saltholme.
10:57pm 20-07-2011
Ian Forrest
White-rumped Sandpiper reported on news services on Saltholme west pond this evening.
9:03pm 20-07-2011
Whitfield Benson
Belated report from yesterday Tuesday... Saltholme provided views of a Fox within 6feet .. Remarkable almost too close to photograph ! It also caught and ate voles on two occasions at around 12 o clock. Young Kestrel accompanied by adult was very vociferous around the centre. A pair of Great Crested Grebe with 3 small young on the lake near wildlife watchpoint. Two Little Egrets at Phil Stead hide. In the afternoon at Crimdon Dene & Beach were Little Tern with young around the shoreline, with Common & Arctic Tern. Common Tern harrassing Little terns with sandeel .. Also a pair of Ringed Plover with two chicks approx 2 or 3 days old .
8:19pm 20-07-2011
Ted Parker/Don Page
Late afternoon at Scaling Dam: The adult Pectoral Sandpiper found by Don was still present with a Dunlin. Also a first-summer Mediterranean Gull was in front of the hide on the new spit and 2 Greenshanks and a Common Sandpiper, as per Mike's report. A Redstart was still present in the willows on the south shore.
7:13pm 20-07-2011
Mike Small
At Scaling Dam this afternoon,Pectoral Sandpiper,Dunlin,Common Sandpiper,Greenshank, Osprey [twice],Peregrine & Whinchats.
2:45pm 20-07-2011
Kevin Ervin
Greatham tidal pool had 87 Dunlin, 2 LRP, a Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. No sign of Curlew Sand.
10:33pm 19-07-2011
Ian Forrest
The Spoonbill was still present today, mostly on Back Saltholme. Mid-afternoon it moved a little closer to the hide where it preened a while before heading down the far end of Back Saltholme. It flew back to the west pond 200m from the just before I left.

Not a lot else around today. The two Ruff were still present but remained very distant on the causeway on Saltholme West. Two Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper gave very brief close views by the hide before relocating further away. The Bar-headed Goose gave reasonably close views.

Greenshank heard but not spotted. A Green Sandpiper had been seen on the small pools beside the path to Saltholme Hide earlier in the day.

No sign of the reported Curlew Sandpiper at Tidal Pool this morning. Dunlin x65 and a few Redshank were the only waders. Avocet adult x2 made a brief visit from Greenabella Marsh. Little Gull x3 were still on the last pool. Oystercatcher x22 flew down the Creek from the upper reaches.
44 Seals were on the mud as the tide dropped.
9:35pm 19-07-2011
Don Page
On 16th July Ted reported the sighting of a colour ringed Great Black-backed Gull he & I found on Skinningrove Beach. The ringing details have been received:
The bird was ringed as a nestling 02.07.08, Aspholmen, Mandal, Vest-Agdar, Norway.
8:46pm 19-07-2011
Alex Cruikshanks
An Osprey flew low over the Zinc Works Rd bushes at 0945 today, before soaring off high to the south west towards Greatham Creek. Its initial low approach from the east suggest a possible immigrant.
For dragonfly spotters there were 3 Emperors on the little pond in the middle of the field north of the bushes yesterday----2 males and an ovipositing female.
8:37am 19-07-2011
Colin Dodsworth
Posting for yesterday evening (18/07/11): Curlew Sandpiper (adult), 3 Little Gulls and Greenshank at Tidal Pool and Spoonbill on Saltholme West.
11:11pm 18-07-2011
Mike Leakey
8 shags - three adults and five juveniles - fishing just east of Seal Sands Peninsula at 2pm. Juveniles likely to have been fledged locally.
8:35pm 18-07-2011
Don Page
Scaling Dam to-day, 10.00/13.00.
Osprey showed 10.20 for 10 minutes; then again at 12.10 for about 35 minutes. It did not attempt to fish.
Family party (2ad 3chicks) Whinchat.
One Greenshank.
7:51pm 18-07-2011
Damian Money
19 Crossbills flew south over Skelton at 7.45am this morning.
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