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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Barnacle Geese/Pinkies, a birders dream day.


                                          Unbelievable sighting
                                   Few Pinkies down

                                        It dont get better than this



                                                     Pinkies



                                 Skein after skein of Pinkies


     Tracys Pinkies from Green Lane 141 in this skein. Photo Tracy C
                                                                            Photo Tracy C.
                                      The c300 skein               Photo Tracy C.
What an amazing day on the bird scene.
It started with a text from Danny, Cullingworth Birder reporting the amazing find of 35 Barnacle Geese at Leeshaw reservoir, see his report and pics on Cullingworth birder.  This was followed by several grapevine messages from DJS of skein after skein of Pink Footed geese moving up the Calder Valley. I alerted DCB at Oxenhope who went to see the Barnacles and he also reported over 1200 Pinkies seen by himself and HC.
On the way back from shopping in Halifax pm, a text from DJS reported a skein of 300 Pinkies reported by AC heading towards the Calder valley so a quick diversion up Roper Lane to watch across the valley. Within a few minutes the skein was visible but far out to the SW of me , then a text from Tracy with another skein that she was watching. This skein of c200 came over but still distant but headed over Fly Flatts followed by a 3rd skein of c150 following the same track.
Had to leave it there, something to do with the wifes freezer stuff thawing but after a quick dog walk it was off to Leeshaw for the Barnacles whilst there was enough light.

On arrival at Leeshaw the water was void of wildfowl other than a few Mallard, and a scan of the fields produced just 9 Pheasant. Just as a depression was setting in DCB rang and guided me to the area they had last been sighted early afternoon. Sure enough there they were hidden in a field top with an amazing
44 Barnacle
7 Pink Footed
10 Greylag
8 Canadas
On the way back to the car a Dipper flew across the front of me in the fading light and disappeared into the conduit.
What a day!!!
Thanks to Danny for starting the ball rolling, DJS for doing a splendid job keeping all the text messages rolling, Tracy for the text and DCB for saving me from a mega dip plus everyone else in todays mega move.
BS

9 comments:

Danny said...

Thought you might be interested in the Barnacle Geese,delighted you managed to catch up with them,great shots & some Pink-footed geese too,a great bonus.
Plenty skiens of Pink-footed around too hope its not too cold for them if their heading home early.

Howard Creber said...

Nice one Brian.Thanks for passing on Danny`s report - a great find.

Nick Carter said...

Report on BG today of 2 Grey Plover at Soil Hill

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks for that Nick.

Nick Carter said...

No problem Bri and well done for all your local patch birding, proper birding :)

Dave Barker said...

Hey up Brian lad!!.... thanks to you for the message and epecially sharp eyed DANNY for finding them..... A great sighting for me and the biggest number I have ever seen in our area. HC, RHP and myself all transfixed by them..... thats after we managed to find them, as they were hiding very well when we arrived. Pinks phenomenal over us as well and hopefully more to come. Have just posted my stuff now on Pennine Skywatch.....

Brian Sumner . said...

Thank again Dave for the directions.A great record.
Good to see you blog come back to life.

Dave Barker said...

I can remember as a small boy on the tops, being terrified by these periodic snakeing, reptilian, lines of yelping dog masses in the sky. Somehow then they seemed to be much lower, more noisy and tremendously threatening! Now, with understanding I just cant get enough of them..... A great team effort and thanks from us to you all again!! Blog and all other birding activities have been suffering a lot due to engulfment in the nocturnals, capturing and listening. Have had little spare time left for anything else.... this is not going to change as now well and truely hooked, each night being like Christmas, not knowing what will come next!!

AndyC said...

Great stuff and a great find Danny well done indeed.What agreat start to the new year....Pity its thick for today