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1:59pm 19-10-2019
Ken Smith
Bowsfield Pond 19 Oct.

Cetti's Warbler calling loudly at bridge on main path
9:31pm 18-10-2019
Stewy Swales
Two swallows Cowpen Bewley Lane yesterday.
8:27am 17-10-2019
Mike Blackburn
Correction to Ropner Park - the date should have read Wednesdsy is yesterday. Sorry - substandard proofreading
8:24am 17-10-2019
Mike Blackburn
Thursday, Ropner Park, about 11.30 am.

Unusual amount of bird activity - a group of about 6 magpies were fluttering about, calling loudly, the ducks on the lake seemed agitated, groups of greylag were taking it in turns to fly up from the lake, do a circuit and land again on the water en masse and a group of about 8 - 10 never - seen - before -by - me -in -Ropner Park - green parakeets were screaming around the tops of the trees.

And the probable cause of this avian mayhem? A bloke walking around the lake with a rather impressive Golden Eagle on his arm!!!
6:44pm 16-10-2019
Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights Wednesday 16th October
It was a little bit wet at opening time, but the rain soon cleared to give a pleasant, mild and sunny day.

I started at Phil Stead hide where up to 15 snipe were showing well, together with a single redshank, 23 teal and several shoveler. As the day went on, black tailed godwit numbers increased there, with 25 reported at the end of the day.

Another highlight was the growing number of golden plover (570 at Saltholme), lapwing (over 250 at Paddy's and 150 at Saltholme) and curlew (50 on the wet grassland). There were 7 pintail reported, 1 whooper swan, 1 dunlin and the usual collection of mallard, teal, pochard, tufted duck, wigeon and shoveler. On the allotment pond, there were at least 5 little grebe.

The metal ringed merlin was seen putting up the birds on the wet grassland and posing beautifully beside the post at the Saltholme hide, while the marsh harrier, sparrowhawk and kestrel were also seen hunting.

Some highlights were smaller: goldcrests (1 at WLWP and 3 in the garden area); stonechats (4 near Paddy's, 1 at Haverton and 2 on the Saltholme path); 1 female bullfinch in the hedgerow near WLWP; and a kingfisher flying down the channel in front of the Saltholme hide.

Thanks to Maurice, Martin and Barbara for their sightings
4:44pm 15-10-2019
Single swallow heading South over Bellerby road Hartburn. yesterday PM.
4:37pm 13-10-2019
Peter Dodsworth
2 ring neck parakeets on island roper park lake 2 week running feel there becoming resident
4:15pm 12-10-2019
Tim Burton
Hartburn, Stockton. 3 Willow Tit in gardens that back onto A66. House owner has had them visiting feeders all year.
2:32pm 12-10-2019
Jerry Lee
No sign of geese again today
10:58am 12-10-2019
tim robinson
male ring ouzel,salt hholme on the path to the pools hide
10:48am 12-10-2019
Mike Blackburn
Two female goosanders on Ropner Park Lake, Friday 14.00 hrs
4:28am 11-10-2019
Jerry lee
No sign of geese yesterday
9:47am 10-10-2019
Malcolm Hassall
09:45 Grey Phalarope still near Lifeboat station - on beach side of breakwater- with 2 photographers in v close attention
8:44pm 09-10-2019
Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights: Wednesday 9th October

It was another fine and mild day at Saltholme and people were enjoying the new pathways and screen on the way to Saltholme Pools hide.

It was a good day for raptors: a marsh harrier flew from WLWP to the Phil Stead hide, harried by two carrion crows; a merlin (metal ring on right leg) sat on the usual post at Saltholme hide, a kestrel was busy eating prey near the Jubilee Mound and a sparrowhawk was checking out the WLWP.

In terms of waders, Phil Stead hide hosted around 40 black tailed godwit, while 3 redshanks were on the Visitor Centre Lake and 2 avocets at Dorman's hide. The water rail was showing below the feeders at WLWP. At Saltholme hide, there were 50+ lapwing, 250+ golden plover, 5 little egret and a single curlew.

Wigeon numbers at the Saltholme hide were well over 250 and there were at least 5 pintail and a few pochard. Gadwall, tufted duck, shoveler and mallard and little grebe were present across the reserve. 3 stonechat were seen from the Saltholme hide path. Particular thanks to Maurice Local for the morning's sightings as I was only in during the afternoon.
8:25pm 09-10-2019
Jerry lee
Another large flock of geese flying over Eston 1300
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