Reached the A66 and thought I might call in at Smallways reserve but again the heavy rain put me off. Signs at the side of the road indicated that horse drawn carriageways could be on the road and eventually traffic came to a halt. I diverted again through Barnard Castle and by this the rain was torrential and at one time I had to resort to using the pavement as the road was flooded!
The rain continued and when I got to my first planned stop I had my car windscreen wipers on full speed. I did manage to see one black grouse in the rain
and one red grouse. In the area I also saw lapwing, snipe
meadow pipit and black headed gull. The rain water was pouring down the road so I decided that the best course of action was to leave before I found myself in water too deep to drive through.
By the time that I had reached Brough the rain had stopped and the sun was starting to shine.
At RSPB Leighton Moss I had an excellent bowl of soup before going onto the reserve. The hide on the causeway was my first stop and the first thing I saw was an otter fishing!
Great crested grebes and their chicks were fishing.
redshank and oystercatcher