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9:01am 09-10-2019
Mark Fishpool
Redstart in hedge between the cycle track and railway line between Saltburn and Marske this morning. Close to the junction with Howard Drive.
5:58pm 08-10-2019
Adrienne S
Black Hambleton, near Square Corner Osmotherley: 2 swallows early afternoon
10:57am 08-10-2019
C. Spence
Female Marsh Harrier. Greenabella.
9:50am 07-10-2019
Cuckoo and very light coloured short eared owl at headland near the graveyard before the new builds yesterday afternoon
10:15pm 06-10-2019
Alistair McLee
Today pm 2 Redstarts and 2 Y B W in H'pool putting green in Town Square.
10:05am 04-10-2019
Dennis Bainbridge
Saltholme Sightings 3 October
Cold but bright start to the day. Phi Stead hide had quite a large group a of Black-tailed Godwit (22) along with Teal (26) a Solitary Green Sandpiper ,Gadwall, Shovelers, Gadwall. Redrawing (50) and Blackcap.
Numbers of Lapwing (500+)and Golden Plover (200+)(are increasing around the Reserve especially Saltholme Hide which had a Solitary Shelduck, Wigeon, Gladwell. Teal, Pintail (4), Shovelers (30), and Barnacle Geese (60).Around closing time quite a large Skien of Barnacle Geese flew into Paddy's Pool around 140+ ,this did not include number still visible on Back Saltholme

5:31pm 02-10-2019
Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights: Wednesday 2 October
The wind was cold today, but the sun shone brightly, giving beautiful light.

The areas around Phil Stead hide gave plenty of interest: 2 redwing, 3 chiffchaff, goldcrest, female blackcap, willow warbler, robin and song thrush, with 2 green sandpipers, 1 little grebe and 16 black tailed godwit on the lake. A sparrowhawk, buzzard and marsh harrier all gave fly-pasts.

At Saltholme Pools hide, 5 whooper swans were resting on the grassland among the herring gulls and greater black backed gulls, while golden plovers, lapwing, Canada geese, greylags and barnacle geese were plentiful. Visible on the pools were 4 pintail, with only small numbers of wigeon, teal, tufted duck and shoveler. 3 pied wagtail were on the scrapes, 1 kestrel overhead and 1 stonechat was seen alongside the path, together with 2 linnets, goldfinch and greenfinch.
Red admirals and migrant hawkers were seen in various locations and two mammals were reported: a hare and a weasel on the path to Paddy's hide.
One of the best sightings was Peter Garbutt walking out to Paddy's - welcome back! Thanks to all the visitors for sightings and friendly company.
3:21pm 02-10-2019
Ken Smith
Osprey over Dormans Pool 12.25 pm 2 Oct.
Fly over, didn't stay
4:56am 01-10-2019
Least 31 geese exact species unidentifiable due to been too high & nee binoculars

Flying over flats lane yesterday 0800
6:20pm 25-09-2019
Adrienne S
Saltholme highlights: Wednesday 25 September
On a lovely, calm and mild day at Saltholme, the merlins probably stole the show again. One posed beautifully on a post immediately in front of Saltholme hide, while from late morning, another chased dragonflies at Phil Stead hide.
It was also a good day for waders, with 40 black tailed godwits, 3 redshank and 3 snipe at Phil Stead. At Saltholme there were 2 ringed plover, 2 ruff, 20 dunlin and 12 black tailed godwit, with a further 10 - 12
black tailed godwit on the Visitor Centre Lake.
Lapwing, golden plover, teal and wigeon numbers were building, while 3 pintail were seen at Saltholme. Geese were definitely on the move, with large numbers of greylags and Canada geese, 105 barnacle geese and a flypast of at least 50 pink footed geese.
Thanks for all the sightings.
5:25pm 24-09-2019
Jason Higgins
1000 (thousand) plus linnets in the field behind the ship inn , also a Harris hawk with jesses and a length of red rope attached unfortunately
3:36pm 20-09-2019
Ken Smith
Scannerman - your butterfly is Small Copper
5:39pm 19-09-2019
Fred Wright
Carrs fishery, Carlton, Stockton. Several Chiffchaff on the islands (one particular pale individual) and I was amazed at the number of Dragonflies. All different sizes and all different colours. I had no binoculars so I had no way of ensuring identity of the warblers or Dragonflies but I did recognise Common Darters, Migrant Hawker, Emperor (they are massive) and Fourspot Chaser , I think. Can only put the pale Warbler down as a "pale Chiffchaff".(I was fishing, not birding)
6:42pm 18-09-2019
Peter Simcock
Saltholme Wednesday 18th
A bright autumnal day, saw the reserve, busy with diggers reshaping the main lake to provide more scrapes for waders on passage. Several waders have already taken advantage of the newly exposed mud: 10 Black Tailed Godwits, 3 Redshanks, 5 Ruff and a greenshank were visible from the lake side by the Mad Hatter's Tea party. There was also a full sized juvenile Great Crested Grebe there.

Elsewhere 50+ Pink Footed Geese were on the wet grassland, along with 60+ Barnacle Geese, and large numbers of greylags and canada geese.
Wintering duck numbers are increasing, as well as Golden Plovers and Lapwings.

At the Phil Sted Hide black tailed godwits, a snipe and a green sandpiper were present. The Merlin was present, too, hunting for dragon-flies. Earlier a sparrowhawk flew through and rested on a fence post. The other raptors on the reserve were kestrels and a peregrine.

The mild warm weather meant that there plenty of dragonflies on the reserve, migrant hawkers and ruddy darters among the species seen. There was also a Speckled Wood Butterfly seen.

My thanks to the hide guides and visitors for their observations.
4:57pm 15-09-2019
Cecil Fisher
Excellent view of a Chiffchaff in my garden in Saltersgill..smashing garden tick.
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