The total for yesterday's Lancashire pink-footed goose count was 77683. Totals for each site were; Wyre estuary 7300, Cocker’s Dyke 2650, Pilling 29082, MMWWT 6150, Ribble estuary 8801, Alt estuary/Taylor’s bank 20200, Simonswood 3500. Thanks to volunteer counters; Graham Stirzaker, Stuart Piner, Chris Batty, Nick Godden, Jean Roberts, Warren Braid, Tom Clare, Alan Bedford, Kim Ashton, Sean Ashton and Paul Culley. It'll be interesting to find out how how many were at the numerous Scottish sites and in Norfolk. Carl Mitchell from WWT who I coordinate the Lancashire counts for tells me that in contrast to last season the percentage of young seems to be fairly high at 15-20%. So, hopefully last years decline was just a blip and the Icelandic pink-foot population will stabilise.
Pink-feet amongst seeding Sea Aster on Marshside saltmarsh
Rainbow over Marshside sand works 15/10/12
Storm clouds gathering over Southport pier 15/10/12