Too far for me & Mr Wilson to walk out West for these....
63 male Black Grouse seen in Upper Teesdale mid afternoon - all feeding away from Lekking grounds.
ALL sorts of people go up for these birds - not all of them will have the birds welfare in mind.
My advise to "Birders" and fellow Birdwatchers is DONT visit Lekking birds - Theres No need, you can see them well enough simply driving around mid afternoon.
STAY in your vehicles. (there are mantraps & pitfall traps set out for the unwary..)
If you are unsure - google for the Code of Conduct for watching Black Grouse.
If you're on TWITTER follow Black Grouse Man (half man half grouse)
Durham Bird Club
- some of their members really are Birdwatchers ! 💃
We saw another 16 or so up Rookhope, so a 100+ Black Grouse day !