19 25

All headerdata  | All counts
Counting period: 09:00 - 11:00 & 12:00 - 14:30
Count type: Geese and swans
Weather (first period): wind West5, cloud-cover 2/8, visibility 50000m, Blustery. Pressure 1016 mb rising quickly overnight from 1002 mb.
Observers (first period): Clive McKay

Pink-footed Goose *  3107  -    
Red Kite *  1  -    
Crossbill *  8  -    

Totals: 3116 individuals, 3 species, 4:30 hours

Present: Meadow Pipit 55*

Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)
* = Additional info (on mouseover species)
Comments: Pink-feet streaming in over the Cairngroms at height - mostly c.1,000m. First flock not detected til 09:05 (by call) so could have been others earlier. Movement tailed off after 11:00. Birds possibly following interface between low cloud and rain showers to west and clear skies to east. Swallows and House Martins in the same field of view as the incoming geese, but not for much longer :( Pink-feet reported leaving Iceland yesterday morning by Halldór Walter Stefánsson - these almost certainly the same birds. Characteristic "lots of small flocks" suggests the birds arriving from a distant location.; Incidental obs 11:00-19:00, probably totalling 1.5 hours watching time spread through day (inlcuding a 35 minute watch 14:25-15:00,a nd 30 mins 18:30-19:00). Fantastic to see so many flocks so high. Looking into the Grampians greatly helps picking up these high flying birds. Towards the end of the day the flocks were all very high - higher than I've ever seen here before. 2,000 m?