With the pink-footed geese count back up to the 40,000 mark it seems likely that we’re getting a steady stream of migrants this year, with them only stopping over for a short period of time before carrying on south.
Below is some footage captured of the geese leaving Montrose Basin one October morning when they were a little later in leaving than usual. It also shows the numbers that can be seen on the Basin’s east sand bank when the tide is low.
It’s difficult to capture just how spectacular a sight this is, but hopefully this video will give you some idea of what you can see at the Basin. It’s definitely worth seeing in real life though and while the numbers do reduce over winter, as many carry on their migration south, some end their migration here. Allowing you to view this natural display throughout Christmas.
The best times to see them is at dawn, when the geese leave to feed, and dusk, when they return to spend the night in the relative safety of the Basin.