There were a lot more Pink-footed Geese around this morning and my estimate was 5,949! Large numbers were continually being flushed by something or someone to the east on the moss and birds were flighting round and settling in other areas or going back to where they had been flushed from. I hope the following pictures give a feel of this mornings 'Pink-feet' spectacle.
There was very little vis over the moss other than 8 Skylarks and 3 Swallows battling east into the wind. I didn't do my usual walk this morning and instead I drove up to the 'top moss' in case any of the Pink-feet had dropped in close to the track up there, but they hadn't.
I had a walk round the plantation but it was quiet in the blustery conditions. Ten or eleven Goldfinch fed on Birch seeds and I pushed 2 Snipe off the potatoe field. Walking back along the track I had the usual Kestrel that hunts between the plantation and the L Wood, and I also had a female Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows.
The forecast is for 10-15 mph east-northeasterly winds tomorrow and then later in the week high pressure is going to build from the continent giving some good ringing opportunities. Unfortunately I am back at work next week but I am sure I might be able to squeeze a ringing session or two in!