After a gap of 10 years we have a hen harrier nest on the reserve. The male is a first-year bird and is mainly brown with a few grey feathers coming through, as can be seen in Adam Moan’s photo.
The pair only got down to nesting very late and experienced some cold weather during incubation. From the five eggs laid only one chick has hatched, which is now about two weeks old.
Supplementary food is being put out on a post near the nest, which the female has taken to, removing this from the post very quickly. She is now in wing moult as can be seen in another of Adam’s photos.
Other birds around the reserve include osprey over the last couple of days, a marsh harrier, a couple of common sandpipers and good numbers of whinchats around the visitor centre (look out for colour-ringed birds).
RSPB Geltsdale is delighted to host Christina Hargraves current exhibition ‘Meadows’ at the Geltsdale Gallery.
Christina has a deep love of the countryside and draws her inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Lanercost, near Brampton, where she lives.
Christina grew on a farm in near Allendale, in the North Pennines.
She remembers working in the hayfield and just needs to smell a newly mown hayfield to be transported back to her childhood and those early memories.
She paints in watercolours using mainly pastoral colours in an impressionist style.
Christina said, “If I were to be told that I could only paint wild flowers and meadows for the rest of my life I would be perfectly happy!”
“I feel very privileged to exhibit at the Geltsdale Gallery as the nature reserve is one of my favourite places. I just love the peace and solitude”.
The exhibition is showing from 25th July to 11th September and is free to view 7 days per week from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information contact the Visitor Centre, RSPB Geltsdale at Geltsdale@rspb.org.uk
The sun shone brightly on St Bede's Year 2 pupils as they joined our education volunteers to learn about wildflowers, bird watching and mini-beasts. We look forward to seeing St Bede's again next summer.