Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The first wave

The last few days have unequivocally signalled the real beginning of the autumn, with that unmistakable feeling in the air; and while the weather charts remain stubbornly resistant to kicking open the doors to passerine migrants, Pink-footed Geese need no such help, and this flock of 116 heading high and south this morning were a wonderfully evocative curtain-raiser for the impending avian invasion from the soon-to-be-frozen north.

It's something we'd expect to be seeing more of over the coming weeks, but the first flock is always a thrill, and as symbolic of the season as the first tseeps of Redwings, themselves not far away now.