Monday 16th September comments: Its officially autumn and the reason why? We’ve had our first major intake of Pink-footed Geese. If anyone has heard the call of wild geese as they arrive to winter in the UK then you’ll know what I mean. yesterday afternoon the westerly wind eased and the geese started arriving.

Over the late afternoon and early evening thirty-five skeins were counted with a total of 1,756 Pink-footed Geese involved. These Geese breed in Iceland, Greenland and Swalbard and if conditions are right at this time of year, they start departing for wintering grounds in the UK. Aided by a westerly tail wind, they cross quickly and some will come down the east coast stopping off at well known Goose areas such as Strathbeg (Aberdeenshire), Montrose Basin (Angus) and Aberlady Bay (Lothian). Birds will winter in these area but many more will head further south to Northumberland with even bigger numbers in north Norfolk.

Its an amazing spectacle to watch and real excitement as the call of the geese signals the start of Autumn. Its good to have them back and suspect we’ll be seeing plenty more in the forthcoming weeks. So when you are out and about, look up and listen and you never know what you may see.

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