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Wildlife Sightings -20/01/2022

Wildlife Sightings -20/01/2022

Weather: brightWind speed: noneRiver wear tide level: midA.MWade lake:Buzzard - 1Mute swan - 2Shelduck - 8Tufted duck - 10Teal - 6Lapwing - 10Shoveler - 5Black-headed Gulls - 158Moorhen - 5Herring Gulls - 50Canada goose - 42Greylag goose - 2Coot - 1Crow - 4Wigeon - 2Saline lagoon:Redshank - 1Other birds noted around site:Robin - 1 (Wader lake footpath)Grey Heron - 1 ( River wear)Great spotted Woodpecker - 1 (North wood)Moorhen - 1 (River Reedbed)Hawthorn wood:Bullfinch - 9Robin - 5Long-tailed tits - 5 Great spotted woodpecker - 1Dunnock - 1Jay - 1Coal tit - 1Chaffinch - 6Nuthatch - 1Lookout feeding station:Bullfinch - 6Chaffinch - 3Dunnock - 1Robin - 1Other wildlife species spotted around site:Mammals:Grey squirrel - 1 (North wood)

wildlife Sightings -19/01/2022

wildlife Sightings -19/01/2022

Weather: Bright Windspeed: lowRiver wear tide level: midA.MWader lake:Mute swan - 2Shelduck - 20Shoveler 11Teal - 15Tufted duck - 8Wigeon - 2Canada goose 1Black-heade Gulls - 63Herring Gulls - 5Lapwing - 5Saline Lagoon:Common snipe - 1Other birds noted around site:Mistle thrush - 2 (Wader lake meadow)Great spotgted woodpecker - 1 (Centre feeders)Long-tailed tits - 5 (Amphibian ponds)Goldfinch - 3Song thrush - 1 (Hawthorn wood)Coal tit - 2 (South wood)Hawthorn wood:Robin - 7Jay - 1Bullfinch - 5Blue tits - 10Great tits - 9Sparrow hawlk - 1Lookout feeding station:Bullfinch - 4Greenfinch - 1Blackbird - 3Dunnock - 1Chaffinch - 2Other wildlife species spotted around site:Flora / Fungi:Creeping Buttercup ( Lagoon path)Dogs Mercury ( Hawthorn wood)Broad Buckler fern ( Hawthorn wood)

Wildlife Sightings 18-01-22

Wildlife Sightings 18-01-22

Weather: Frosty, coldWind Speed: n/aRiver Wear Tide Level: LowWader LakeWigeon - 2Curlew - 14Moorhen - 3Herring Gull - 2Crow - 2Shelduck - 9Shoveler (6m,3f,3m 1st year) - 12Coot - 2Canada Goose - 1Lapwing - 20Black Headed Gull (1st winter) - 2Mute Swan - 3Teal - 4Saline Lagoon-Hawthorn WoodNuthatch - 1Coal tit - 1Long tailed tit - 1Chaffinch (3m,2f) - 5Bullfinch (2m,1f) - 3Dunnock - 1Lookout Feeding StationBullfinch - 6Chaffinch (4m,2f) - 6Coal tit - 1Robin - 2Dunnock - 1Black birds - 2Other birds noted around siteGoosander River Wear - 1(f)Teal River Wear - 4Grey Heron River Wear - 1Mute Swan River Wear - 1Black-headed Gull River Wear - 84Herring Gull River Wear - 30GS Woodpecker Car Park - 1 (heard)MammalsGrey Squirrel North Wood

wildlife Sightings -17 /01/2022

wildlife Sightings -17 /01/2022

Weather: Sunny / FrostyWindspeed: lowRiver wear tide level: lowA.M Wader lake:Shelduck - 10Mallard - 6Shoveler - 5Teal - 3Mute swan - 1Black-headed Gulls - 68Lapwing - 16 Coot - 2Herring Gulls - 51Buzzard - 1Wigeon - 2Moorhen - 4Saline lagoon:Other birds noted around site:Goosander - 5 (River wear)Redshank - 4 ( River wear)Grey heron - 2 (River Wear)Geat spotted woodpecker - 1 (Lagoon footpath)Towney Owl - 2 ( Hawthorn wood)Hawthorn wood:Bullfinch - 8Dunnock - 1Jay - 1Robin - 3Blue tits - 4Long-tailed tits - 2Great tits - 3Lookout feeding station:Bullfinch - 9Chaffinch - 4Greenfinch - 1Long-tailed tits - 2Treecreeper - 1Great spotted woodpecker - 1

Wildlife Sightings 16-01-22

Wildlife Sightings 16-01-22

Weather: Overcast-drizzleWind Speed: LowRiver Wear Tide Level: LowWader LakeTeal - 8Shelduck - 21Wigeon (2m,1f) - 3Shoveler (3m, 1f) - 4Lapwing - 30Saline Lagoon-Hawthorn Wood HideLong-tailed tit - 6Wren - 1Nuthatch - 1Dunnock - 2Treecreeper - 1Blackbird (2m,1f) - 3Lookout Feeding StationGreat tit - 5Blue tit - 3Chaffinch - 2Coal tit - 2Bullfinch (3m,1f) - 4Robin - 2Other birds noted around siteSiskin Flew across Hidden Meadow - 45+Curlew River Wear - 1Herring Gull River Wear - 28Little Grebe River Wear - 2Cormorant River Wear - 1Willow tit Hawthorn Wood - 1GS Woodpecker (m) Hawthorn Wood - 1Jay Hawthorn Wood - 1Other notes of interestTawney Owl @ Hawthorn Wood RoostFlora/FungiField Scabious Grounds

Wildlife Sightings 15-01-22

Wildlife Sightings 15-01-22

Weather: Bright, mistWind speed: NoneRiver Wear Tide Level: LowWader LakeMute swan - 2Teal - 26Lapwing - 46Shelduck - 30Heron - 4Shoveler duck (1f, 4m, 3 1st year m moulting) - 8Buzzard (tree line) - 1Wigeon (m) - 1Gadwall (m) - 1Saline Lagoon-Hawthorn WoodBullfinch (2f, 3m) - 5Jay - 1Long tailed tit - 2Robin - 3Nuthatch - 1Willow tit - 1Lookout Feeding StationBullfinch (2m) - 2Robin - 1Great tit - 3Blue tit - 2Other Birds Noted Around SiteHeron River Wear - 2 (1 flying)Cormorant River Wear - 1Teal River Wear - 4Black Headed Gull River Wear - 26Shelduck Reservoir - 2Siskin Hawthorn Wood - flock (heard)Tawney Owl Hawthorn Wood - 2G S Woodpecker Hawthorn Wood - 2Pink Footed Geese 25 (flying over)MammalsGrey Squirrel Hawthorn Wood Hide

wildlife Sightings -14 /01/2022

wildlife Sightings -14 /01/2022

Weather: SunnyWind speed: lightRiver wear tide level: lowA.MWader lake:Mute swan - 2Canada goose - 1Shelduck - 26Wigeon - 3shoveler - 8Teal - 12Mallard - 8Tufted duck - 2Lapwing - 16Redshank - 3Curler - 30 (low over the lake)Saline lagoon: (Frozen)Other birds noted around site:Cormorant - 3 (River)Goosander - 5 (River)Little Grebe - 1 (River)Siskin - 28 (Dragonfly pond area)Goldfinch - 4 (Dragonfly pond area)Hawthorn wood:Great spotted woodpecer - 1Nuthatch - 1Long - tailed tits - 10Willow tit - 1Lookout feeding station:Other wildlfe species spotted around site:

Wildlife Sightings - 12/01/22

Wildlife Sightings - 12/01/22

Weather: Sunny, CloudyWind Speed: LowRiver Wear Tide Level: MidWader Lake Time: AM Water Level: HighTufted Duck - 1Shelduck - 26Coot - 4Grey Heron - 3Shoveler - 3Lapwing - 27Mute Swan - 2Canada Goose - 36Greylag Goose - 1Wigeon - 2 (1 male, 1 female)Curlew - 30Buzzard - 1Black-headed Gull - 23Great Black-backed Gull - 1Herring Gull - 7Mallard - 2Saline Lagoon Time: AM Tide Level: MidRedshank - 1Shelduck - 1Teal - 1Hawthorn WoodBullfinch - 4 (2 male, 2 female)Great Spotted Woodpecker - 3 (2 male, 1 female)Robin - 4Chaffinch - 9Blue Tit - 6Long-tailed Tit - 3Great Tit - 3Coal Tit - 2Jay - 3Dunnock - 2Nuthatch - 1Other Birds Noted Around SiteRedshank (River Wear) - 1Grey Heron (River Wear) - 1Cormorant (River Wear) - 1Song Thrush (Wader Lake footpath) - 1Redwing (Wader Lake footpath) - 1Great Spotted Woodpecker (centre feeders) - 1 femaleLong-tailed Tit (centre feeders) - 5Treecreeper (centre feeders) - 1Other Notes of InterestTawny Owl (Hawthorn Wood) - 2

Wildlife sightings - 11/01/2022

Wildlife sightings - 11/01/2022

a.m. Tide Level: MidWader LakeCanada goose 20Greylag 1Shelduck 20Lapwing 14Shoveler 3Teal 5Mute swan 2Redshank 3Black-headed gull 12Tufted duck 5Buzzard 1Saline LagoonKingfisher 1Hawthorn WoodJay 1Bullfinch 2Robin 2Blackbird 2Great tit 3Chaffinch 2The LookoutRobin 2Other birdsTree creeper - 1 - Wader Lake footpathRobin - 2 - Play areaRedshank - 1 - River WearGoosander - 1 - River WearTeal - 6 - River WearCormorant - 1 - River WearShelduck - 1 - River WearTufted duck - 4 - River Wear

Wildlife Sightings - 10/01/22

Wildlife Sightings - 10/01/22

Weather: BrightWind Speed: NoneRiver Wear Tide Level: MidWader Lake Time: AM Water Level: HighCanada Goose - 12Greylag Goose - 1Shelduck - 16Grey Heron - 3Lapwing - 5Redshank - 9Shoveler - 8 (1 female, 6 male, 1 juvenile)Tufted Duck - 1 femaleWigeon - 2 ( 1 male, 1 female)Herring Gull - 30 (3 1st year)Black-headed Gull - 39 (4 1st winter)Mute Swan - 2Moorhen - 2Teal - 11Coot - 3Saline Lagoon Time: AM Tide Level: MidTeal - 56Hawthorn WoodNuthatch - 1Bullfinch - 6 (5 male, 1 female)Dunnock - 1Jay - 1Coal Tit - 1Chaffinch - 4 (2 male, 2 female)Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1Lookout Feeding StationBullfinch - 6Robin - 2Nuthatch - 1Pheasant - 2 femaleOther Birds Noted Around SiteJay (Middle Wood) - 1Little Grebe (River Wear) - 1Mute Swan (River Wear) - 2Grey Heron (River Wear) - 1Redshank (River Wear) - 1 (flying over)Curlew (River Wear) - 1Blackbird (Wader Lake footpath) - 2Robin (North Wood) - 1Other Wildlife Species Around SiteMammals;Grey Squirrel - 7Flora/Fungi;Bristly OxtongueHazelAlder

Wildlife Sightings 8/01/22

Wildlife Sightings 8/01/22

Weather: Light rain/ OvercastWind Speed: Light/MidRiver Wear Tide Level: MidWader Lake (40% Frozen)Shelduck - 34Shoveller - 12Gadwall - 2Wigeon - 4Teal - 210Mallard - 17Coot - 4Moorhen - 6Little Grebe - 1Herring Gull - 14B. H. Gull - 78Saline Lagoon (85% Frozen)Hawthorn WoodWillow tit - 2Bullfinch (4m,2f) - 6G.S.Woodpecker - 2Nuthatch - 1Long-tailed tit - 14Jay - 4Lookout Feeding StationRobin - 4Dunnock - 2Bulfinch (1m,2f) - 3Willow tit - 1Coal tit - 3Chaffinch - 5Other birds noted around siteCurlew - Over Wader Lake - 2Cormorant - Over Wader Lake - 2Common Buzzard - Over Wader Lake - 1Golden Eye - River - 2(m)Goosander - River - 4Goldcrest - Staff car park - 2Sparrowhawk (m) - Centre feeders - 1G.S.Woodpecker (m) - Centre feeders - 1MammalsRoe Deer 6 Old Oak Meadow

wildlife Sightings - 06/01/2022

wildlife Sightings - 06/01/2022

Weather: Cloudy/ frosty Wind speed: lowRiver wear tide level: midA.MWader lake:Shoveler - 13Little Grebe - 1Coot - 2 Black- Headed Gulls - 42Herring Gulls - 4Shelduck - 1Mute swan - 4Saline lagoon: / FrozenOther birds nothed around site:Long-Tailed tits - 10 (Gully)Goosannder - 1 (River wear)Goldeneye - 1 (River wear)Grey Heron - 1 (River wear)Towny Owl - 2 (Hawthorn wood)Hawthorn wood:Willow - 1Bullfinch - 9Long-tailed tits - 11Jay - 1Dunnock - 1Great spotted woodpecker - 1Robin - 3Lookout feeding station:Bullfinch - 9Treecreeper - 1Dunnock - 1Robin - 2Chaffinch - 6Great tits - 4Other wildlife species around site:Mammals:Roe Deer - 5 (Spring gill)Flora / Fungi:Jelly ear - 10 ( Lagoon Foot path)

Wildlife sightings - 05/01/2022

Wildlife sightings - 05/01/2022

a.m. Tide Level: MidWader LakeShelduck 23Teal 2Great black-backed gull 2Herring gull 130Black-headed gull 58Carrion crow 2Little grebe 1Shoveler 10Mute swan 2Saline lagoonReed bunting 2Hawthorn WoodCoal tit 5Bullfinch 4Dunnock 3Chaffinch 11Stock dove 2Great-spotted woodpecker 1The LookoutRobin 2Bullfinch 6Blue tit 4Great tit 3Blackbird 1Chaffinch 4Other birdsGrey heron - 2 - River WearGoosander - 1 - River WearLittle grebe - 1 - River WearTawny owl - 2 - Hawthorn WoodGoldcrest - 1 - South woodMammalsRoe deer 3

Wildlife Sightings - 03/01/2022

Wildlife Sightings - 03/01/2022

Weather: sunnyWind speed: lightRiver Wear tide level: lowA.MWader lake:Shoveler - 12Shelduck - 23Tufted duck - 5Teal - 2Mute swan - 3Grey heron - 1Lapwing - 2Herring Gull - 17Black - headed Gull - 38 Great - black -backed Gull - 1Other birds noted around site:Long - tailed tits - 7 Siskin - 22Mistle Thrush - 2 ( Wader Meadow)Towny owl - 2 ( Hawthorn wood )Goldcrest - 2 ( South wood)Cormorant - 2 ( River wear)Hawthorn wood:Coal tits - 5Bullfinch - 4Jay - 2Blackbird - 2Great - spotted woodpecker - 1Chaffinch - 14Lookout feeding station:Willow tit - 1Dunnock - 1Robin - 1Blue tit - 4Great tit - 5Bullffinch - 1

wildlife Sightings - 02/01/2022

wildlife Sightings - 02/01/2022

Weather: sunWind speed: lowRiver wear tide level: lowA.MWader lake:Shelduck - 27Shoveler - 7Tuffted duck - 5Mallard - 6Coot - 3Moothen - 5Herring Gull - 2Wigeon - 2Other birds noted around site:Redshank - 2 (River wear)Lesser Black back Gull - 1 (River Wear)Mute Swan - 2 (River wear)Grey Heron - 1 (River wear)Jay - 1 (Wader lake footpath)Long-tailed tits - 4 (Centre feeders)Hawthorn wood:Long tailed tits - 3Great spotted woodpecker - 1Willow tit - 1Chaffinch - 3Dunnock - 1Sparrow hawk - 1Lookout feeding station:Bullfinch - 7Great tit - 2Coal tit - 1Great Spotted woodpecker - 1Blue bird - 1Blue tit - 2