It's that time of year where we see our winter residents leaving the Reserve to return to their breeding grounds. As numbers drop, geese flock together and you may see several species in one area at a time. You can see this happenning at Budle Bay with a large mixed flock of light-bellied brent, pink-footed geese, greylag geese and barnacles. Today there was up to 400 light-bellied brent, 250 pink-footed goose, 300 greylag and 70 barnacle geese. It's nice to see them still around however as the days lengthen and temperatures rise we will see more leaving us in the coming weeks. On that note it will soon be the shorebird breeding season so look out for more updates in the next month.