On a "quick" diversion during an early drive over to Liverpool this week, I stopped at Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve on the Solway estuary with geese in mind! The reserve was deserted and the visitor centre closed, but there was plenty of bird life about (including car-park feeders with dozens of tree sparrow and chaffinch), with plenty of ducks on the pools.
On the most distant pool, from the hide:
By the feeders at the car park:
97. Stock dove
But no geese at the reserve. However, a drive further out along the estuary soon gave me my target species, as there were three
98. Barnacle goose
in a field full of pinkfooted geese. Further flocks of both species were seen in fields and flying over the estuary, with very large numbers of barnacle geese at Anthorn.
World life list: 536 (Terek Sandpiper, Abu Dhabi, UAE; September 2019)
UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 70 (Willow Tit, October 2019)
2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)