|Banks Marsh and the Ribble Estuary NNR with the Forest of Bowland backdrop early this morning.|
The first report of local Pink-footed Geese came from Martin Mere WWT yesterday. That's where this photo was taken a few winters ago. It'll look like this when I get back from Brazil at the end of the month I guess. Could I see some before jetting off abroad?
This morning I spent another couple of hours at the watch point overlooking the Ribble NNR in the hope of geese arriving plus any bonus birds. The initial autumnal conditions began to change quite quickly and it was very different to yesterday's fine but breezy, northerly weather (that undoubtedly assisted the arrival of Pinks).
No sign of the Pec' this morning, indeed there were fewer birds generally and it didn't feel as "busy" as yesterday. Waders did include 3 Ruff, 25 Redshank, Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Snipe, 200+ Golden Plover, an Avocet and a flock of 50 Dunlin with the Curlew Sandpiper again.
Pink-footed Geese? Mission accomplished at 0925 when a party of 19 "winkers" came over the marshes and headed in the direction of Crossens and Marshside.