Following posts on Geltsdale by both Hollywell Birding and Howdon Blogger i was recalling my visit there last year. A return visit is on the cards soon as i would love to experience the Black Grouse lek. I didn't see any Black Grouse when i was there as nor did i see the Black Swan but i do remember it being reported in the log book at the screen hide at Tindale Tarn so this bird seems to have been around for a while. A picture of said bird can be seen on Johns blog www.howdonblogger.blogspot.com and having looked at some reference material it doesn't seem to be some kind of discoloured Mute Swan but a genuine Australian Black Swan. It must have escaped from somewhere.
Anyway the main reason i posted was to recall the strange goings on i encountered when i arrived in the area. These peculiar beings were scattered in and around the villages as i left the A69 and looked for the reserve. The last one was standing at the entrance to the car park at Geltsdale complete with bins!