Saturday, 23 January 2010
Another Wild Goose fest - this time in Essex
Jeff Delve discovered and photographed this adult RED-BREASTED GOOSE at Wallasea Island (Essex) this morning, the bird still being present with up to 1,500 Dark-bellied Brent Geese this afternoon (Graham Ekins, Steve Arlow, John Wright, et al)
The geese flock were disturbed initially by walkers and then actively by the farmer. The flock of c.1,500 then became very distant. The flock also included an adult BLACK BRANT and several PALE-BELLIED BRENT GEESE, with 8 Bewick's Swans in the area, Hen Harrier, Barn Owl and good numbers of Pied Avocet and Eurasian Wigeon.
The geese appear to favour the fields in the NE corner. This is directly along the seawall after turning right from the car park.