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8:49pm 26-07-2012
F Wright/J Simpson
Cracking day in Teesmouth. Calor Gas pools gave Ringed andLittle Ringed Plover, ideal for comparison.Dunlin 20+ and Wren in roadside bushes.
Saltholme reserve. Phil Stead Hide gave Greenshank showing really well, Gadwall and female shoveller.Snipe reported but we couldnt find it again. Then one flew in and promptly dissapeared in the reeds, never to be seen again.More Pied Wagtails than you could shake a stick at. Plus the normals of course. Side bushes and reeds provided Goldfinch, Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting.
Watchpoint. Sedge Warbler,Reed Bunting and RAIN.
Paddy's Pool not much. Terns and B H Gulls, Peewit and Tufty's. The wet grassland flash to the right of the hide was something else. Green Sandpiper x2, Snipe x2 were a good find and at times difficult to locate as the vegatation is obscuring the view in places.Little Egret.
Saltholme West. Bar Headed Goose, Dabchick, a few Blk T Godwits scattered around in small groups. Redshank with two young, Snipe and the normals. Sparrowhawk over on the way out.
Greatham Creek/ Tidal pools. Dunlin 40+, Shelduck, several family groups.Redshank. Curlew. Skylark.Common Tern everywhere. Little Gull x1, Arctic tern 2 over.
Seal Sands.Common Scoter x1m x2f. Redshank everywhere you looked, Curlew everywhere else.Turnstone x2 (summer plumage). Great day out.
7:56pm 26-07-2012
dave w
Nice to see House Martin's nesting on Cliffs as they used to do. Saw two nests close together with adults frantically feeding young who look allmost ready to go. Skinningrove harbour beach, Boulby side.
7:20pm 26-07-2012
Toby
3 drake Scaup and Red-created Pochard on Saltholme East.
7:17pm 26-07-2012
Toby
6 Little Gulls on Saltholme West and 30 Dunlin. Greenshank and 3 Snipe on Bottom Tank. 4 Whimbrel over Visitor Centre. Spotted Redshank opposite Seal Viewpoint on Hartlepool side.
4:59pm 26-07-2012
p garbutt/r wilson
although out of the cleveland area,we saw corn bunting in double figures near island farm,bishop middleham.at saltholme-8 black-tailed godwits,2 little gull.greenabella-1 short-eared owl sat on a post.
8:12pm 25-07-2012
Maurice Local
Good day for waders at saltholme.
100+ Summer plumaged Black Tailed Godwits. 40+ Dunlin, 20 Redshank.
10 Little Egret, Bar Headed Goose. Of interest the normal crossing of walking over the dividing sectiom between Saltholme West and Saltholme pools taken by the geese, this was performed today by 129 Coot. first time I have seen this.
Phil Stead Hide Greenshank and between hide and fencing I had Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler.
6:06pm 25-07-2012
MAB
Belated news for 13 July 12
A dead Red Kite found on tideline of Redcar Beach by member of public.
Fortunately that person realised the significance of this wing-tagged corpse, and happened to live next door to a birder.
Examination of the (long dead) corpse revealed an aerial and transmitter, BTO metal ring and wing tag on left wing pink 84 with green border. Theoretically it should have had a green wing tag with pink border on its right wing but this was missing.
Several websites have a wealth of info on Britain's Red Kites; www.gigrin.co.uk/redkitetags-explained.html gives the colour for all the UK sites and years, and showed that this bird was a Northumberland/Durham bird hatched in 2006.
Website www.friendsofredkites.org.uk gives the known history of every Red Kite tagged and released in the Gateshead area, and showed that this bird ''pink/green 84'' was hatched in the Chilterns in 2006, brought to Gateshead in that summer, was a male christened ''Shiver'' and adopted by Barmston Village Primary School.
For the next 3 years it was seen on numerous occasions in North Durham - South Northumberland, then established a territory at Causey Gill, near Beamish with red/purple T2, a 2007 female Red Kite from mid-Scotland. The pair stayed together, rearing 1 young in 2010, 3 in 2011 and 1 in 2012.
Pink/green 84 was still at the nest site in mid-June when the 1 chick was wing-tagged, so why it came to be dead on Redcar Beach less than a month later will forever be a mystery.
The remains were too decomposed to make a study skin, but the skull has gone to a collection in Tyneside and the long wing and tail feathers will be used as educational material. The transmitter is said to be of no use after about 3 years.
11:44am 25-07-2012
shineynut
Young cuckoo below roseberry topping..Resembles a small falcon in flight.It was being fed by meadow pipits.At one point meadow pipit sat on cuckoos back feeding it.Also cuckoo must have excellent eyesight as at another point the meadow pipit had a caterpillar in its beak,the cuckoo flew aprox 300 yards to be fed!...Few photos to follow later.
11:20pm 24-07-2012
brian gray
merlin over my house, troutbeck road redcar performing some impressive aerial acrobatics catching airborne insects
12:44pm 24-07-2012
Ian Forrest
Greatham Creek - Common Sandpiper x2, Dunlin x54, Little Gull x1.

RSPB Saltholme - Phil Stead Hide - Greenshank x1, Snipe x3.
10:49pm 23-07-2012
Mark Rowbottom
Single Arctic Tern in with small numbers of Common and Sandwhich Terns at Seaton Snook this evening. Very few waders - c20 Dunlin, 4 Knot and single Bar-tailed Godwit. Also 32 Dunlin on Tidal Pool early evening.
9:45pm 23-07-2012
Mike Leakey
Peregrine on Seal Sands at lunchtime, together with around 300 redshank. A few grayling butterflies also on the wing.
12:25pm 23-07-2012
Alistair Wright
Marsh Harrier on moorland on road just after Scaling Dam towards Ellerby/Runswick Bay
10:38pm 22-07-2012
Neil Simms
Kingfisher at Margrove Ponds this morning
9:17pm 22-07-2012
simon
Family of Whinchat this morning around prominent tree on dry stone wall heading away from Roseberry Topping towards moor.
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