Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pink- footed Geese

A substantial movement of 'pinkies' over Calderdale this morning mostly >W or >NW. Who knows what other geese were with them?
The movement was picked up by JB at Scammonden, AC at Northowram and I was on Swales Moor and Mat B at Mytholmroyd.
Tricky in the glare of the sunshine as most birds were to the south of Swales and Northowram with some flocks very high and gaining height over the Pennines though a few also headed over Soil Hill.

Probable total numbers in excess of 800 including one flock of c300 (JB). I did manage some distant hazy photos so will try get a more accurate count later.
UPDATE - from photo's between 10:50 and 12:30 - mostly distant and with duplication avoided from the vantage point at Swales. I didn't see the Scammonden flock from JB  --- 65 + 60 + 68 + 300 + 106 + 11 + 73 + 125 + 44 = 852

Not much else in the move other than a few Herring Gulls > W over Swales and from JB a flock of c30 Brambling at Scammonden but mobile.

A single Fieldfare on Ringby Lane this morning

Immature Common Gull


Brian Sumner . said...

Well done to DJS for keeping up to the overwhelming amount of text messages reporting Pinkie movements to the grapevine. Bet you had to put your phone in the fridge to cool it down Dave.

David Sutcliffe said...

I love it when they come through thick and fast. I guess you were at work Bri ?

Brian Sumner . said...

Afraid so Dave. Did,nt get any over the garage area.