Birdwatching locations, Dormans Pool

Perhaps the most famous pool in the North Tees area is Dorman's pool. This areas has some shallow open water areas, marsh, reed bed and muddy edges suitable for waders. The number of species seen from here is impressive and this pool is well known amongst the more well travelled birders.

Red backed Shrike Dormans Pool 22nd September 2009

The number of birds seen here and at the nearby "Rec" pond is high, no doubt to some extent because it is very well watched. A selection of some of the birds seen here include, Great White Egret, Curlew Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, White-Rumped Sandpiper, Bearded Tit, Black Tern, Bluethroat, Common Tern, Cuckoo, Curlew, Garganey, Golden Plover, Goldeneye and Ross's gull! plus many more.

A view across Dorman's pool

The pools are at present ideal for breeding ducks and this is probably the best place in Teesside to see a wide selection of ducks especially Pintail and Gadwall. The picture below shows two Spoonbills taken by me in June 2002.

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