Friday (24th Jan) was spent counting geese around Budle Bay and the southern end of Fenham Flats. The Barnacle geese remain in pastures around Budle Bay with a small number of light bellied brent. The main activity were in grass pastures on Elwick and Smeafield where there was a flock of 1700 pink footed geese and 750 light bellied brent. The flock also held 1 barnacle and 1 Greenland white-fronted goose. Wild bird seed mix plots held at least 70 tree sparrows, 30 goldfinches and 60+ linnets as well yellowhammers, greenfinches and grey partridge.
The following day was spent walking around Ross Farm. Highlights were 240 Barnacle geese, 1 long-eared owl, 14+ woodcock, 9 grey partridge, 2 common buzzard, 12+ tree sparrows and a flock of 40+ linnets.