A wild goose chase

At about 3pm today I managed to get a chance for a brief walk before the light went: I headed down to the pools east of Wells and then along the coast path east towards Stiffkey to look for the red-breasted goose (that I mentioned yesterday). No luck, although there were many, many Brent geese around (my second favourite goose!) and skeins of pink-footed geese flew overhead, honking, as they do every day in winter round here.

pink-footed geese
No – not specs on my iPhone lens but pink-footed geese – I tried counting the ones in this photo and lost track at around 600!

There were plenty of curlew and redshank around and I also got good views of marsh harriers, and – at one point – a distant view of what might have been the much rarer pallid harrier that is back in the area and which I saw much earlier in the year. I wasn’t certain of the identification though – it was just too far away!

A Cetti’s warbler was calling as I headed back to the car, and I disturbed a barn owl that was perching on a fence post along the path.

Brenda tells me there were no moths in the moth trap today.

No new species for November 6th:

Birds = 226
Moths = 255
Wildflowers = 290