Saturday, 16 October 2010

A visit to Mersehead

Just a fraction of the 10,000 Barnacle Geese
A few hours drive from Penrith and we arrived at Mersehead in Dumfries & Galloway, even as we got out of the car you could hear the geese, what a fantastic sound. There was also good numbers of Pink-footed Geese, and also high counts of Grey-lags. Its a massive area of marsh bordering the Solway, and stretches East to Caerlaverock. We had just left the main centre and heading for one of the hides, when all the Barnies lifted into the air with a thunderous roar , the sound of their calling was deafening, and it gave us quite an emotional moment.

Again this photo doesn't portray the whole, as at times the sky seemed to be black with geese.
  There was also plenty of wildfowl about on the various pools and overhead small flocks of linnets and finches. We eventually found our way on to the beech  and straight away found Wheatear flitting about, its getting a bit late fellas !!

One of a few Wheatears flitting about the beach
A couple of Herons was seen flying across the marsh, and on our way back to the centre the hedges were full of finches and Linnets, also we saw a few Siskins and Long-tailed Tits.

Long-tail Tit

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