I have been watching pink-footed geese flying over for a few weeks now, generally in small numbers. But this evening several skeins passed over head, close together. The best estimate of a count I could make was a total of about 1000 birds. It was a very spectacular sight.
The number of pink-footed geese flying over is even more impressive now, than it was last week. Last night in the early evening gloom, just after sunset I spotted, or more correctly heard a large number of geese, but it was so dark as to make counting difficulty. This morning, and with better light, the largest skein I have seen this season past over head. My best estimate of a count was between 1,500 and 2,000 birds. With that number of birds, the next wave is overhead before you have finished counting the first one!
I could have witnessed the first of the autumn pink-footed geese this afternoon. A skein of about twenty of them were flying towards the river, not making a lot of noise, so I was lucky to see them. The beginning of the autumn 2018 migrants?
It looks as if the first Pink feet that I saw yesterday are part of the first east coast arrivals. Both Vane Farm and Montrose Basin had their first yesterday as well, 600 or so at Montrose and 12 on Leven.