Checked Aldcliffe Marsh from the Heaton side of the river this chilly afternoon, and was pleased to see sixteen European white-fronted geese (three 1st-winter birds) in the company of 80 pink-footed geese and 200 greylags.
I've been wondering whether we might see some white-fronts in the early weeks of 2012 given the influx we had in November. Nice birds.
A few waders were on the former tip throughout the day including 32 black-tailed godwits and around 200 lapwings.
It seems that the recent glossy ibis was last seen on the morning of the 12th.