October 2012

The pink-footed geese have arrived at Montrose basin in Scotland. Every year these geese arrive at the basin from September through October. The September 18th count was 18,000 on Sunday 21st October the count is estimated at 63,000, and they are still arriving. Last year count was 65,000. They will stay here until April when they will return to their breeding grounds in the Spitsbergen region. You could call them a very cool goose.

Montrose basin plays host to a diverse population, we have only captured a few.

The basin is also the estuary of the river South Esk, so there is a mixture of both fresh and sea water and vegetation, a diversity that matches the many species that call the basin home, albeit in the case of the goose a temporary residence.

The Curlew fascinated me as it prepared the crustacean for its final journey as the curious solitary Oystercatcher was 'taking it all in'

We were in St Cyrus during the horrendous flash floods that knocked Stonehaven to pieces, the debris in the basin was due to flood damage along the North East coast. This is by no means the usual state of this basin.

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