Thanks to John Bateman - who has been/is out and about once again - who took this picture of the PFG on Moss Lane last Friday. There was at least 4,000 Pink-footed Geese on Jeremy Lane this afternoon with more coming in on occasion's, also a tundra Bean Goose , thanks for this Tom I know you're reading this and it was good to see you and have a chat again today including your kind words about Birds2blog. In the field on the opposite side of the lane were 6 Bewick's Swans and 10 Whooper Swans, these swans keep changing their combination/numbers presumably hidden in dips/behind hedges in the landscape on my previous visit's and those of other birder's. Previous to Jeremy Lane I had been to Conder Green but got a little fed up dodging the shower's but did manage to assess the 140 Goldeneye on the river and 5 Bewick's Swans across on the Colloway Marsh side with 3 Little Egret on the marsh there. Other bird's noted at CG before I really got fed up of the heavy shower's and departed, 3 Little Grebe and c.25 Black-tailed Godwit.
I was running out of time now as I had other commitments today but was able to check out at Cockersands the male Stonechat, c.32 Turnstone, 2 Grey Partridge, and it was good to see at least 450 Golden Plover back in the field's here with c.250 Curlew noted.
I have it on good authority that no Stonechats have been found at more upland location's than the ones I have checked since the 'ice-age' arrived and thankfully has since departed, useful and welcome information if depressing.
A little short on words today but I had just four hours birding in before some business to attend to but did spend quite some time at Conder Green picnic area overlooking the marsh for chance of the American Wigeon still being around, and also a good period grilling the Jeremy Lane PFG.