At 5a.m. we headed for Sipton Burn at the southern edge of Allendale Common hoping to see lekking Black Grouse. We heard, then saw, Red Grouse, Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Curlew then eventually had a couple of Black Grouse up on the hillside at The Combs which is sandwiched between Allendale Common and Tedham Moss but sadly no bubbling was heard. We spent a couple of hours at the site with very picturesque views of both the burn and surrounding area and had many more species. A couple of years ago accompanied by John, Langdon Beck was the site of a brilliantly morning with the Black Grouse lekking so i suggested we head down there to see what we could find. On the way we were side tracked by a field full of Golden Plover at which time we had a bizarre incident with a one armed gentleman who had a problem with Johns car, which was half way off the road, causing an obstruction and in the ensuing debate insisted John should hit him. Needless to say, seeing his condition John declined. (I was tempted mind)
We had immediate reasonably close views on arrival at Teesdale but alas too late for the Lek.
|Male Black Grouse sadly no females present.|
|Curlew near Harwood Beck.|
|Red Grouse, male.|
|Red Grouse, female.|
Although distant and not Lekking it was fantastic to have seen Black Grouse in Northumberland but Langdon Beck remains the best place to have comprehensive views. Even four days on i keep thinking of the stricken Barn Owl.