Friday, 11 March 2011

Black & Blue

Out for a couple of hours in the south of Northumberland with Nick Moran from the BTO yesterday looking for Black Grouse. After getting caught in a face-stinging hail storm which we sat out in the car Nick picked up a couple of males on a short turfed slope near the road as returned north. Turned out to be six of them in all, two clearly adult and four that were perhaps 2nd-calendar year males (?). These four had a restricted amount of red above the eye, slightly paler brown scapulars and what looked like more white on the tips of the secondaries (see the individual on the wall below). No lekking as it was too late in the day but cracking views from the car as they grazed the Northumbrian savannah.


The Liverbirder said...

Alan - OUTSTANDING photographs!

Mike said...

Wow, that is a cracking bird! The grouses on your side of the Atlantic are so much more impressive than ours.