Geese – Full Colour And Monochrome

Greenland White-fronted Goose at Larbreck Hall today

I wasn’t expecting to blog about today’s birding simply because I wasn’t expecting to do any birding today given other commitments. But on our way between staging a junior parkrun and Afternoon Tea at Morecambe’s Midland Hotel I spied geese by the A586. Jane was kind enough to let me pull in at Larbreck Gardens Caravan Park and have a scan through them.

A first scan of the four figure flock with the bins produced nothing. A second scan revealed a White-fronted Goose so conspicuous I wasn’t sure how I had missed it initially. Fetching the scope from the car confirmed it as an adult of the Greenland subspecies, and I grabbed some quick record shots from putting the phone to the scope eyepiece.

The relatively large orange bill and dark plumage of the Greenland subspecies can be seen in this record shot

Whilst this is presumably the bird that was in the Singleton area for a couple of days at the start of the month it was nice to stumble on a group of Pinkfeet unexpectedly and then pick something out among them.

We went to Morecambe via Half Moon Bay at Heysham so Jane could look for seaglass. Having been by the sea for the parkrun earlier we knew it was going to be a pea souper and I didn’t even take my bins out with me. The Pale-bellied Brent Geese that wander across from South Cumbria could be heard chuntering to each other however and 14 eventually appeared out of the murk at close range.

You’ll have to take it on trust they are Pale-bellied Brent Geese, close inshore off Heysham Half Moon Bay early afternoon

If you’ve never been to Half Moon Bay there is a nice little cafe and the rather striking Ship sculpture by Anna Gillespie. Installed in 2019 it consists of the outline of a ship’s hull with figures perched at either end facing away from each other. It looks both at the historic past of the ancient graves on Heysham Head to the north and the industrial future of the port and power stations.

This crow simply saw it as a useful perch. The number of droppings on each of the figures suggests it isn’t the only one or it’s a very regular visitor!

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