|Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Wig Bay on Loch Ryan, 3 January 2013.|
We spent the morning checking the Southerness area of Dumfries & Galloway for the Red-breasted Goose and Todd's Canada Goose seen the previous day. It was late morning before we found the Red-breasted Goose near the golf club, but the geese were very flighty and after a few hours of intense goose-spotting (we did have time to watch a Short-eared Owl briefly) we decided to move on for a bit of variety.
|Dave and Graham watching Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Loch Ryan.|
A few flocks of Pink-footed Geese totalling over 1300 reminded us that we still had time to look for the Greenland Whitefronted Geese so we headed to West Freugh, finding just eleven birds. However this section of the trip turned out to be the highlight of the day for me personally as we counted no less than seven Hen Harriers over the MOD grasslands, three were stunning male birds, the last arriving to roost at 16.30 hours. Merlin, 400+ Greylag Geese and some Roe Deers were seen here too. Large flocks of geese could be seen heading to roost somewhere at Luce Bay at dusk (I presume they were Pink-footed), 4 Whooper Swans and 60 more Greenland Whitefronts flew over calling just as we were leaving for the long journey back to Lancashire.