Pink-footed geese leaving the Alt roost just after dawn this morning
Pink-feet at dawn
River Alt at Hightown
After the goose count I was joined at Birkdale by Kim & Sean Ashton who helped me with the WeBS count there. Rather low numbers of waders with highlights being; Knot 1550; Dunlin 1250; Sanderling 165; Grey Plover 385; Bar-tailed Godwit 1700; Snipe 2; Turnstone 2; Curlew 18; Oystercatcher 2650; Cormorant 620; Common Scoter 6. Other birds of interest included an adult Peregrine, a female Kestrel, two female Sparrowhawks, a migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker and five migrant Coal Tits in the velvet trail scrub.