BLACK GROUSE ON THE LEK


The red grouse is at it best,a trip down to Teesdale was not a wasted journey,to see the red grouse with there best togs on was a treat for me and my mates.

 This male was giving us the best display we could ask for,not at all bothered about us been there.

But the highlight of the day was seeing the black grouse on the lek.there were 9 in total,there was 18 on the same lek last year.they were at a great distance so the photo's have been blown up considerately.





2 comments:

Johnnykinson said...

Hi "Liggle Spuggy"
Did you ever call them that?
I did right up until i was 38!!
Seriously, loved the images and felt jealousy creeping over me. I have yet to see Black Grouse lekking. Would you mind telling where you saw them?
Much appreciated, i have read your blog for some time and always enjoy. Thanks again
John

little sparrow said...

YES JOHN I DID CALL THEM SPUGGY'S AND STILL DO.THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS ON MY BLOG,I JUST WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO ENTER MORE INTO MY BLOG.TO SEE THE BLACK GROUSE HEAD FOR ST JOHNS CHAPEL
AT LANGDON BECK,TEESDALE.IF YOU GOGGLE THIS IT WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS,NOT SURE IF IT IS TO LATE TO SEE THEM LEKKING BUT ITS WORTH A TRY,GOOD LUCK MATE.IF YOU DO LET ME KNOW,ALL THE BEST,(SPUGGY)

WILD FLOWERS

All wild flowers were taken over the past year,most of them in the Northumberland area.

RED CLOVER

RED CLOVER

WATER AVENS

WATER AVENS

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID

NORTHERN MARSH ORCHID

NORTHERN MARSH ORCHID

PYRENEAN LILY

PYRENEAN LILY

MONKEYFLOWER

MONKEYFLOWER

PRIMROSE

PRIMROSE

SPEAR THISTLE

SPEAR THISTLE

WILD TEASEL

WILD TEASEL

SEA CAMPION

SEA CAMPION

MEADOW CRANE'S BILL

MEADOW CRANE'S BILL

COMMON RAGWORT

COMMON RAGWORT

A small collection of photos of our local birds

Most of these birds were photographed in the north east area.

SWALLOW

SWALLOW

MALE SISKIN

MALE SISKIN

FEMALE SISKIN

FEMALE SISKIN

MEADOW PIPIT

MEADOW PIPIT

REDPOLL

REDPOLL

SEDGE WARBLER

SEDGE WARBLER

GREEFINCH

GREEFINCH

TREE SPARROW

TREE SPARROW

YELLOWHAMMER

YELLOWHAMMER

CHIFFCHAFF

CHIFFCHAFF

LONG-TAILED TIT

LONG-TAILED TIT

WHEATEAR

WHEATEAR

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Dunnock

Dunnock

Blue tit

Blue tit

Wren

Wren

Heron

Heron

the glossy ibis

my fist sighting of the glossy ibis was a good one, there it was right in front of the window,there was at least 15 people taking shots of it,must be the most photographed bird in the north east
and rightly so.

glossy ibis

glossy ibis

birds of pray

most of these birds were photographed in captivity,the ones with out names are not identified as yet.

peregrine
red kite

golden eagle

SPARROWHAWK

TAKEN AT BIGWATERS

GOSHAWK

This bird was taken in on the borders of Scotland,

SCREECH OWL

SCREECH OWL

let me out

let me out

snowy owl

snowy owl

TRIP TO THE INNER FARNE

All photos were taken on the Inner farne Island on July of this year,this was my second trip to the Islands the first being to Staple Island last year.