Monday, 13 January 2014
Driving towards Berwick this afternoon just north of Doddington, I noticed a few Pink-footed Geese flying over and whiffling down towards a bare field close to the Fenton Estate. Pulling off the road, I realised that the field was already full of geese- certainly more than 2000 already gathered there - and more and more birds were drifting in as I did a quick 'guesstimate' of numbers, working the little 'spare' binoculars beyond the limits of my eyes in the fading light. Floating back up over the few hundred yards came the most wonderful sound of 'goose-talk'- not the high pitched panic sounds of the birds taking off- but the gentler yet incessant gossip of thousands of feeding birds. Magic!