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12:18pm 15-09-2019
Kinterbury close , kingfisher feeding in the beck , willow warblers feeding amongst goldfinches , great , blue and coal tits , alaso about 5 long tailed tits
5:39pm 11-09-2019
Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights: Wednesday 11 September
It was a lovely, breezy autumn day, with the hedgerows looking full of berries, ready for the winter thrushes.
The main highlight for many was still the merlin at Phil Stead Hide. However, another impressive sight was at Back Saltholme, where a cormorant successfully swallowed whole a two foot long eel. It took a lot of effort!
A good variety of waders was scattered across the reserve: black tailed godwit, avocet (4), ruff (3 or 4), redshank (3), greenshank (1), curlew (1), grey plover (1) and growing numbers of golden plover and lapwing.
As well as the usual wigeon, teal, shoveler, pochard and tufted duck, 3 pintail were seen on Back Saltholme.
Additional raptors seen were 3 kestrel, marsh harrier and sparrowhawk.
Two whinchat were seen on the Jubilee Mound.
Thanks for all the sightings.
10:11pm 08-09-2019
John Reilly
My son volunteers at Kirkleatham Owl Centre. A pelican has escaped from there.
7:52pm 08-09-2019
hi, i believe i seen a pelican flying above skinningrove today 8/9/2019 around 2:30 . i have video footage (not great but can clearly make it out) just wondered if there was any more reports or news of an escaped one TIA
11:41am 08-09-2019
Mike Tucker
Peregrine harassing pigeon flock at Grewgrass lane this morning.
3:00pm 07-09-2019
dave y
Hi Stewart L ...Trinity Churchyard Stockton a large dove ..Woodpigeon size .Back bill very dark plumage and looked to have no fear ....Not in my books
8:17am 07-09-2019
Jerry Lee
Great news this is back to the old style as the old saying goes

If it ain't broke don't fix it
10:39pm 06-09-2019
stewart lownsbrough
I know not many people will believe me but today whilst looking out of my kitchen window I saw a large gull like bird being chased by smaller birds and when it turned I realised it was a Pelican I saw its wide splayed wings, short tail and very distinctive head and bill. I can only assume it had been blown of course by the hurricane in the Caribbean.
8:39pm 04-09-2019
peter simcock
Saltholme 4 September.

Some highlights today as autumn arrives: a spotted flycatcher in the garden, the juvenile black tern on the main lake, wheatears on the wet grassland, and a variety of waders.

A Curlew Sandpiper gave good views at the Phil Stead Hide. Other waders seen included over 200 lapwings, 12 golden plovers, a pair of ruff, four greenshanks, snipe, curlew, dunlin and black tailed godwits.

Raptors seen included Merlin, Marsh Harriers and Kestrel.

The numbers of wintering ducks are building up: shovelers, wigeon and teal.

Some swifts, swallows and sand martins made a late show as they headed south to warmer climes.

My thanks to my fellow hide guides and visitors for their sightings
1:43pm 04-09-2019
Alistair McLee
Probable Little Owl pellet found on a fence post near P S Hide, Saltholme on 04/ 09.
9:11am 04-09-2019
Mike Tucker
Hobby over Errington woods yesterday chasing House Martins.
9:24pm 30-08-2019
Tidal Pool p.m. Dunlin, Little Stint, Bar-tailed godwit, Greenshank, Knot, Redshank, Curlew, Wheatear (2)
5:29pm 29-08-2019
Adrienne S
I forgot to mention that a garganey was also showing well from Saltholme hide yesterday.
8:04am 29-08-2019
Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday 28 August
Autumn was definitely in the air, on a cloudy and breezy day. I spent the afternoon in the Saltholme hide and the pools were filling with new arrivals - increasing numbers of wigeon, teal, lapwing and golden plover (in a wide variety of plumages) and a beautiful merlin sitting on a post near the hide. A female pintail was also present.
Waders were showing well on the mud and on the stone causeway: 1 curlew sandpiper, 1 ringed plover, 1 snipe, 3 avocets, up to 40 dunlin, a small group of turnstones and a larger group of black tailed godwits. A greenshank flew overhead. 3 marsh harriers were also seen.
From the screens, 4 wheatear were showing well.
For many, though, the highlight was the black tern on the visitor centre lake which gave excellent views as it perched on posts near the tern rafts and demonstrated its distinctive flight pattern. A kestrel was also showing well near the cafe.
Thanks to all the visitors for sightings and good conversations.
1:21pm 27-08-2019
simon dodd
6x buzzards circling over brooke estate /catcote shops area hartlepool 13:10 27/8 /19 good clear view
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