Thursday 24th September: We’ve been waiting and surely enough the floodgates opened. Yesterday over 2,000 Pink-footed Geese were counted flying over the Isle of May (with the odd one on landing on the island).
With favourable winds over Iceland for the Geese, they set off and over the following 24hours a mass arrival occurred in Scotland and northern England. The vast majority of these birds will winter in Scotland, northern England and East Anglia and it was a great sight and sound as they moved overhead. Skein size was variable from just a handful to 150 as they moved west towards the UK mainland.
We love this time of year for all the excitement autumn migration can bring and this is just some of the wonderful moments we record. Soon we’ll be welcoming thousands of Thrushes (Redwings, Blackbirds and Fieldfares) as they return, but until then we’ll keep on enjoying the calls of the Geese…wink-wink.