Went to Dormans Pool at dawn to try and spot the Pallid Harrier that has been there the last 2 days, after two and half hours I decided to go elsewhere but keep a close eye on the reports. First I went to Blackwell Rocks and saw 2 Red Throated Divers, Red Breasted Merganser, and a Great Crested Grebe off shore. 2 Kestrels were playing over the fields and about half mile north of the car park there was a Short Eared Owl being mobbed by crows.
I then called back to Hartlepool - Parton Rocks and saw the Leucistic Knot, Purple Sandpipers, 2 rafts of Common Scoter and 2 more Red Throated Divers.
I then went back to Saltholme as a Semi Palmated Sandpiper had been reported. When I arrived I started walking toward the centre then people there shouted that the Pallid Harrier was flying behind me, I turned round and it was being mobbed by crows right in front of the Phil Stead hide. Then it flew across the RSPB access road and across the main road towards Dormans Pool. I got a good view - as did many other people, but no chance of a photo, it was not seen again today. It was so exciting and what a well marked bird. Very Impressive.