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7:26pm 23-09-2011
gaz cumo
Driving down A19 between A179 (Hartlepool) and Castle Eden Common Buzzard very low just above trees, about 4-15 pm .
6:54pm 23-09-2011
Ted Parker/Don Page
In addition to the juvenile Black Tern at Crookfoot this morning, there were 4 Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, 294 Greylag and 1 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Common Snipes, 2 Redpolls sp (flew over, calling) and a good selection of wildfowl for this site, including Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Shoveler and Pochard. There was a steady southerly movement of Swallows, involving ca 100 birds. The Black Guillemot was still present of the northern end of Marine Drive but was very difficult to find at times. Also present here were 67 Eiders, 19 Common Scoters and 4 Great Crested Grebes. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Newburn early afternoon and the Little Stint was on the causeway of the western pool at Saltholme late afternoon.
6:10pm 23-09-2011
Toby Collett
Juvenile Garganey on Bottom Tank and Jack Snipe in newly cut area to left of Wildlife Watchpoint at close down.
5:05pm 23-09-2011
Ian Forrest
RSPB Saltholme - pm - Phil Stead Hide - pretty quiet due to earthworks ongoing but still a few Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Coot, Little Egret and Little Grebe. Kestrel and Sparrowhawk present at 4.00pm. Saltholme Hide - Little Stint x2, Pectoral Sandpiper giving close views with a Ruff, Dunlin, Ringed Plover x5 outside hide, Pintail x2, Golden Plover c.20, Grey Plover x1, Sparrowhawk. Also reported on/over reserve today Fieldfare, Whinchat, Wheatear.
4:11pm 23-09-2011
Ian Kendall
Scaling Dam yesterday evening: Dunlin, first-winter Med Gull and first-winter Yellow-legged Gull. Skelton 8.50 this am: 11 Crossbills west.
11:40am 23-09-2011
Ian Forrest
Hartlepool Headland - - 9.00am - RN Grebe, CG Grebe, RT Diver 20+, BT Diver, Black Guillemot, Common Scoter, Gannet, Eider, Guillemot. Majority of birds clustered either side of Steetley Pier. Crookfoot Reservoir - 10.15am - Buzzard, Black Tern.
6:09pm 22-09-2011
Gary Sharples
Black Tern still at Crookfoot Reservoir at 3.40pm. Black Guillemot and Red-necked Grebe still at Hartlepool Headland at 4.30pm from north end of promenade; the former a bit distant and diving for prolonged periods. Also there 12 Guillemot, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet and a Common Scoter.
1:14pm 22-09-2011
Ian Forrest
Hartlepool Headland - am - north end of promenade towards Streetley Pier - Black Guillemot, Guillemot c.12, Eider c.80, Red Throated Diver x5, Black-throated Diver, Common Scoter c.30, Gannet c.12, Great Crested Grebe x3, Sandwich Tern x2. Couldn't spot the RN Grebe.
11:38am 22-09-2011
P Davenport
Thomas, the 3 greenish legged Sandpipers on the beach at Hartlepool are probably Knot.
8:57am 22-09-2011
Ian Forrest
Crookfoot Res. - Black Tern, Buzzard x2, Kingfisher.
10:23pm 21-09-2011
peter garbutt
black guillimot,red necked grebe seen at the headland.black guillimot being a new county tick.then onto covenham reservoir with mike gee to see the american black tern which showed well allowing some near photography.
6:48pm 21-09-2011
Ian Forrest
RSPB Saltholme - am - west pond from road - Peregrine, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel. Golden Plover x32. Phil Stead Hide - Garganey, lots of Teal & Wigeon and a few Snipe. Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees flew to visitor centre trees. Saltholme Hide - Very little to see at all. On the Causeway Little Stint and Pectoral Sandpiper and a few Golden Plover. Crookfoot Reservoir - pm - Black Tern still present but remaining distant in poor light/weather.
5:40pm 21-09-2011
Adam D
Black Guillimot present of the headland at around 11am this morning, also approx 30 common scoter, common guilimot, red throated diver, and purple sandpiper on the rocks Newburn bridge at 12 produced 51 sanderling, 30ish ringed plover, turnstone and redshank also present. 2 juvenile Sandwich terns sat amongst black headed gulls on the rocks
2:39pm 21-09-2011
Chris Sharp
46 Barnacle Geese, 2 Little Egrets and 18 Ruff at Bowesfield Marsh
1:20pm 21-09-2011
Thomas Hendry
A seawatch from Hartlepool headland yesterday (10:00-13.00) produced 8 Red throated Divers (inc. 1 breeding plumage), 10 Common Scoters (inc. 2 dakes), 1 Grey Seal, 4 Guillemots. An unidentified Skua sp. was mobbing a party of 20+ comic terns, but too far out to see through bins. Good wader activity extremely close to the shore line: 10+ Purple Sandpipers (photos available for those interested), 5+ Sanderling, 20+ Turnstone, 1 perched Common Tern. Also, there were 3 close, Greenish legged sandpipers with dark bills. I initially considered them to be Wood Sandpipers, but considering the sightings of Pectorals in the region, they could have been Pectorals. Any help on this would be much appreciated!
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