First of all I decided to drive around the farms road and as soon as I hit the back road I spotted a Black Grouse feeding on the verge next to the road. Too close to scope but I tried taking a few shots through the windscreen - no good. So I drove as carefully as I could (not easy on icy snow). Opened the passenger window and got some good close shots of it.
It then jumped up into the bush at eye level. The grouses back was covered in frost. - it was currently -3 degrees. A couple of more shots then I left it alone. I found about another dozen Black Grouse - further away. I digiscoped a couple when I noticed a covey of Grey Partridge feeding in the long grass- they kept low though and I didnt manage to get a decent shot.
Further along the road I saw 3 Buzzards - one landed in a tree about 150 yards away. I checked them all out in case any were Rough Legged Buzzards, and although one of them was very white underneath, they were all Common Buzzards - worth a second look though.
I then went to my favourite location where I knew the Black Grouse could be easily scoped while leaving the car behind.
Finally I edged myself away carefully and left the grouse to feed - undisturbed
I have never got so close to a Hare, I got the Canon camera and snapped some great shots.
What a great morning in Teesdale, even though I was more than a little bruised. Lol