Return of the Pinkfeet!

It may yet be early days, but last Tuesday RSPB warden Vicky reported 10 Pink-footed Geese over the loch.  Every September we start to see large numbers of Pinkies return to Britain from their breeding grounds in Iceland.  The initial build up of numbers usually occurs further north, at Loch of Strathbeg, or Montrose Basin.  News of Strathbeg Pinkies came through during the same week, with an initial count in the region of 150.  They may well see those numbers swell to up to 70000 as we approach October.  At Loch Leven, we may expect some of these individuals to head our way, with peak counts in previous years varying between 10000 and 27000.  Larger numbers still convene further south in Norfolk, where the largest density of Icelandic Pink-feet congregate.

Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose

Flock of Pinkies

Flock of Pinkies

For your chance to experience the premier wildlife spectacle at Loch Leven NNR of Pink-footed Geese returning to their evening roost sites on the loch shore, contact us at the reserve office on 01577 864439 to book your place on this year’s Pink Sunset, this year taking place from Loch Leven’s Larder on Saturday 26th October from 4.30-7pm.  It featured on Autumnwatch last year, and Chris Packham was very enthusiastic about the display they put on for the cameras.  With any luck, we’ll be treated to equally good numbers when we gather our group together on the eastern shore of the loch.

Autumnwatch crew at Loch Leven NNR last year to film the Pinkies.

Autumnwatch crew at Loch Leven NNR last year to film the Pinkies.

Keep your eyes peeled for flocks returning, as they will be coming in ever increasing numbers over the next couple of months.

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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