Thursday, 31 December 2009
Aldcliffe has the Ansers
Above: some thoroughly wild geese and a bearded vulture.
NE 0-2, 4-6 Oktas, dry.
A late morning to early afternoon visit with Steve W was centred on the five-species goose flock on Aldcliffe Marsh which included 500+ pink-footed, three barnacle and the snow goose quartet. Sadly no brents, beans, euros or any other stragglers today.
Waders seen included whopping numbers of black-tailed godwits. Around 180 were roosting at Marsh Point, thirty feeding in the improved fields and a further 200 probing for methane on the former tip.
Parish passerines included forty or more linnets, five tree sparrows, three meadow pipits and a lone redwing.
A water rail could be seen feeding on the iced-up 'flood'.