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11:52am 26-12-2018
P Davenport
6 or 7 Waxwings in Lombardy Poplar in St Barnabas Road rec., Middlesbrough at 10.30am Boxing Day, they had flown when I returned 30 mins later.
5:40pm 21-12-2018
Tony Barnes
Saltholme - Two Short-eared Owls,Long-Eared Owl, good numbers of Fieldfare plus some Redwings,Male Pintail on pond by Kestrel path,2 Red Breasted Mergansers on main lake.
7:10pm 20-12-2018
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Reserve . A cool start to the day leading to occasional rain shower's throughout the day. Numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing are increasing throughout the reserve with the largest numbers observed in the trees at the rear of the Main Lake.
Female Hen Harrier still present around the Watch point hide early in the day, then after been mobbed and harassed by carrion Crows it flew over to Dorman's Pool where it kept showing sporadically throughout the day. Other birds of prey present on the reserve were Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk. Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl observed quartering over the Grassland at the rear of the Main Lake the latter appeared to go to roost in the Sheep Shed at closing time. Long-eared owl still present at the Clarence scrub area.
Common Snipe seen at the Phil Stead and Paddy's hide also seen was Red-breasted Merganser alighting on Paddy's pool. Numbers of Pintail, Shelduck, Shoveler, Pochard, Curlew, Teal and Golden Plover remain reasonably stable. Barnacle Geese number around 100+, along with Wigeon around 2000+ and Lapwing 1000+ I must once again thank the many visitors and my fellow hide guides for their sightings
11:56am 20-12-2018
alan scougal
today 20 dec' at around 1130 am , walking down Thornaby Woods , I saw an
Egret roosting in a tree , changed tree twice whilst I was there , then settled down
6:42pm 19-12-2018
Maurice local
The previous message should of read
Maurice Local & Peter Garbutt
6:39pm 19-12-2018
M.l
Today at Saltholme fresh,sunny,cloudy but dry.
The bird of interest the Hen Harrier was only seen once on the main site before 10.00. Other raptors Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 LEO s at viewing point and Peregrine Falcon in usual place from Saltholme hide. Other points of interest were the large numbers of thrushes about 600,mainly Fieldfare and Redwing although all 5 species were seen. Large numbers of wildfowl were seen 10 species of duck observed mainly Wigeon but included Goldeneye,Pintail and Shelduck the Geese were mainly Canada but included 95 Barnacles. The variation in waders was not many but included 2 Black Tailed Godwits the main attraction was 1000 lapwings in the sky in full sun. A good spread of small birds were recorded the most interesting were Waxwing near the workshop, other good birds seen near the LEO viewpoint were Bramling,Lesser Redpoll and Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Thanks to everyone who assisted in producing this report. Don't forget your bird feed for the little fellows over Christmas,
10:45pm 18-12-2018
Lockhart
Charlie: easiest option would be to visit the main Saltholme reserve (it's more or less across the road) and ask at Reception, as the RSPB now own Dorman's. If you're after the hen harrier (possibly hen harriers; some think there are two birds), it's covering a lot of ground, including Cowpen Marsh, the Long Drag and parts of the main Saltholme reserve in addition to Dorman's.
12:43pm 18-12-2018
charlie
Hello can some one direct me to dorman pool as I live in York thanks
5:06pm 17-12-2018
Chris Rymer
Saltholme highlights Monday. Three Owls around, Long Eared in its usual spot, Short Eared flying between Haverton and Wildlife Watchpoint and a Barn Owl at the Haverton Gate at lock-up. Raptors included Peregrine at Saltholme, Kestrel at the Visitor Centre, Sparrowhawk and the Hen Harrier at Dormans. Others include 200+ Golden Plover at Saltholme, plenty of Fieldfare and a Stonechat near Paddy's. Waterfowl include plenty of Shelduck and Shoverler x5 Pintail and a female Goleneye at Saltholme and x2 Black-tailed Godwit were at Phil Stead.
5:09pm 15-12-2018
Lockhart
Minimalist Saltholme highlights from a "slightly fresh" day:

At least one ring-tailed hen harrier showed in various locations, with morning and mid-afternoon sightings from Dormans, plus a bout of hunting from Phil Stead (13:00ish) to Top Tank, to dropping onto prey in the vicinity of the meadow (viewed from long range). Kestrel in various locations, and at least three peregrines (regular adult pair, who teamed up to see off a juvenile).

Other highlights included a barn owl towards Haverton; at least 50 fieldfares (Phil Stead, plus hawthorns on north and west sides of main lake); water rail, 100ish barnacle geese, pochard, and at least 2 little grebe from Paddy's; two red-breasted mergansers and a couple of female goldeneye but no pintails when I was at Saltholme hide (possibly retreated to Dormans, which should be more sheltered?). At least 160 curlews flew in to roost on West Saltholme, and the starling murmuration started very early in appalling light (around 15:10).

Thanks to everyone who contributed to these sightings and otherwise braved the cold.
2:06pm 14-12-2018
Rex Earnshaw
Thanks to Brian for leading the walk today , bright sun , plenty of good birds , lots of info and great company what more could you want ( a kingfisher! )
5:14pm 13-12-2018
Neil Hutton
The day started fine and still, but as the breeze got up things cooled down a lot. The fine start was matched by the sight of 19 Tundra Bean Geese on Saltholme field, but they flew off as the reserve was opening. Raptors were about all day with the two peregrines seemingly almost residential now, sitting by Back Saltholme, and sparrowhawk and kestrel also about. Long eared and short eared owls were seen at Haverton. Lapwings gave some spectacular flights,wings glistening in the winter sun, and golden plover and curlew were also seen in numbers. Redshank and dunlin were seen from the Pools hide, and the winter wildfowl numbers are still building all over the reserve. The day closed with a great starling murmuration close to the visitor centre.
5:04pm 12-12-2018
Adrienne and Pete S
Saltholme highlights on Wednesday 12 December
The day began well with early sunshine, but by the end of the day a chill wind was blowing.
It felt like winter, with small groups of redwing and fieldfare moving along the trees and hedgerows, together with feeding flocks of goldfinch and greenfinch. There were significant numbers of wgeon, teal, lapwing, golden plover, curlew and shelduck out towards the Saltholme hide, with 30 barnacle geese and smaller numbers of pintail (3), gadwall (2) and little grebe (2). Around 20 pochard and 2/3 redshank were seen on the Visitor Centre Lake
However, the main highlights of the day were the raptors: a single hen harrier over the reedbeds, a short eared owl quartering and sitting in the grass by the Jubilee Mound, two peregrine sitting on the grassland beyond the Saltholme hide, a kestrel at Haverton and a sparrowhawk at the WLWP.
As the light faded, there was an impressive murmuration of starlings over the reedbed and a hare ran ahead of me on the path back to the Visitor Centre.
Thanks to everyone for reporting sightings.
4:36pm 08-12-2018
j k smith
3 waxwings saltholme car park early pm sat. flew towards wildlife watch point
7:03pm 07-12-2018
Caroline Walker
1 adult and 6 juvenile Whooper Swans at Greenabella at 14:35 on 7th December, taking off and heading further up Greatham Creek.

Also pair of Red-breasted Mergansers at mouth of Greatham Creek.
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