I was torn where to go to today, either Black Grouse in Teesdale or Redpolls at Rainton Meadows - I decided on the latter.
As soon as I got there a large flock of Redpolls could be seen above a copse - landing every so often. I set the scope up but the redpolls were taking off after about 30 seconds, they were very flighty. Also there were about 10 people there watching - but I don't think this is why they were wary.
I moved along the copse to where there were some feeders and this paid off - the Redpolls were staying longer here and I managed to digiscope a few. The next problem was the identification of them - there were 3 types here Lesser, Mealy and the rarer Arctic. I managed to photo the lesser and mealy but not sure if I got the Arctic - there is a possible poor photo of one at the feeder
Then a bus load on a RSPB tour turned up and the Redpolls disappeared - after 30 minutes of waiting so did I. Too many people for me - and the birds, but I guess its necessary.