Trip reports

Geltsdale - 19/04/2015

Geltsdale - 19/04/2015
Red grouse - Holly Page

Sunday, 19 April 2015

We arrived at the RSPB reserve of Geltsdale in very overcast weather. We began the mile or so walk down to the visitor centre surrounded by displaying curlew. Plenty of meadow pipits were around, many of them feeding along the edges of the path. We crested the brow of the hill to descend into the valley and found plenty of moorland birds around. Both redshank and snipe were displaying, the latter showing off its incredible "drumming" skills. Wheatear and lapwing were also in evidence and a pair of ring ouzel were located.

On Tindale Tarn few birds were around but we did see two female goldeneye, a few teal and a pair of mute swans.

We had intended to walk right up onto the moors but the weather was getting worse - the wind was picking up and it was incredibly cold! We decided to try our luck elsewhere.

We headed through Alston over towards Langdon Beck in search of grouse. We parked up at the side of a known black grouse lek site and soon saw 7 male birds. Several hares were spotted and a skylark gave good close views as well.
Our last stop of the day was Cow Gr
een Reservoir. Numerous red grouse were seen along the road side on the access road and a small number of summer plumaged golden plover were also spotted.

55 species were seen.