April trip to Teesdale
We had a bumper turnout for the trip today, with 20 of us enjoying the beautiful sunshine in upper Teesdale. The road from Barnard Castle had been reopened after recent repairs following a landslide, so we headed for Langdon Beck where the hills were white with a late sprinkling of snow. We had super views of Black Grouse which were showing well as we arrived; Jonathan started early and had 28 of them them on the lek. Several Curlews gave us impressive displays and there were a few Snipe and plenty of Lapwings about, many appeared to be nesting. Merlin and Peregrine were seen early on before most of us had arrived. Two skeins of Pink-footed Geese heading north were a bonus, perhaps 200 or more birds in total. Later, we saw a pair of Dipper on the beck and the same, or another, pair on Harwood Beck where Grey Wagtails also showed. A Swallow and a few Sand Martins flew over too. After lunch a male Ring Ouzel treated us to prolonged views at a nearby quarry where there was also a showy Golden Plover and a male Wheatear. Following a less productive stop at Cow Green Reservoir, we looked for woodland birds at Bowlees, where Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Siskin were the highlights, before the return home.