Pink Footed Geese don’t breed in the UK but they arrive in their thousands to overwinter on our estuaries, especially in Scotland, The Wash and the NW coast of England. You may have seen them on Autumnwatch at Leighton Moss. My first and most
memorable encounter was staying with friends who lived and worked on the Wildfowl and Wetland `Trust reserve at Martinmere, many years ago. As well as coming to eat grass, grain and cereals the local farmers provided tons of potatoes, a real favourite of Pink Footed Geese! The sound of thousands arriving to roost at dusk and taking off to feed on local fields at dawn, from the house on the edge of the lakes, was really wonderful. If you don’t get to see them on a reserve you still might get views like this, as they pass overhead and call, in wonderful skeins across the dusk sky. They do have pink feet, legs and bills and a dusky, dark head and neck. Keep you ears and eyes peeled. There have been record numbers arriving this year- an amazing 78,970 individuals (even more amazing they can be counted as accurately as that) in the Montrose Basin, one of their favourite sites. Conditions: A cool but driy and sunnier day. Temperature: Max 9- Min 7C.