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Monday, 22 July 2013


Still fairly quiet so I decided a day up in Teesside would be as good as anywhere, I headed for Saltholme first, yesterdays adult Temminck's Stint was still along the causeway on the West Pool this morning but there was no sign of the Spoonbill. I spent an hour or so in the Phil Stead Hide next, there was a good selection of stuff including four Little Egrets and several smart looking Black Tailed Godwits plus a Little Ringed Plover dropped in, then I took a stroll down to the main Hide where the Spoonbill was eventually picked up on Back Saltholme though remained distant, Common Terns seem to be doing well with quite a few on the Islands in front of the Visitor Centre and there was a constant stream of birds toing and froing. Moved round to South Gare in the afternoon in the hope there might be some seabirds moving through but apart from loads of Terns fishing just a single dark phase Arctic Skua passed by. A bit of sunshine in the afternoon enticed a few Butterflies out including several Graylings plus loads of Burnet Moths.

LRP dropped in

Spoonbill on Back Saltholme

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