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Wildfowling - Morning Goose Flight close to Morecambe Bay.
This morning Sam and I had been invited to have a crack at the Pinkfeet flighting the bottom end of
It took us just over an hour to travel from home to Pilling where we met our host Brian. Brian took us on a short drive to grass field of about 50 acres, the field was simply covered in fresh Goose droppings. Brian reckoned there had been several thousand Pinks feeding here the previous day and about 20,000 geese had been flighting to feed in this area from the roosts on
A slight communications problem had meant we were running a bit late, wed both been waiting to meet up in different places! I set up the deecs whilst Brian built a hide on the edge of a shallow dyke, this morning we were trying out some new flock coated decoys from Seeland. Even as I was setting up the decoys the first few geese were coming for a look and a single set his wings and headed into the pattern before I got time to get back to the hide, things looked even better.
Back in the hide I checked that Sam was ready and comfortable, its very difficult making a hide to suit both a 9 year old child like Sam and a 6ft 3 giant like Brian.
Though goose numbers were clearly down this morning we still saw a good flight and Sam was excited with each skein he saw, even if they were hundreds of yards away heading way inland to the South East of us. Geese were also coming back into the roosts, these geese would have been feeding on the fields through the night on the full moon, many could still be sat on the fields and the extensive floodwaters further reducing the flight. A few skeins looked as if they may set to the decoys and each time this happened Sam could barely contain his excitement. I had to constantly remind him to keep still until the last minute and not show his face skywards, these geese would be very wary and soon pick up the slightest movement or a pale face. Sensibly Sam had put on his hat and pulled a neck tube right up under his eyes to cover up most of his face. As the geese came in closer we laid flat and pushed ourselves right up against the hide netting, I was in charge of calling and keeping an eye on proceedings whilst the other two kept down. The geese came in high to the deecs, for a moment they set their wings and looked like they may give Sam a chance. They then circled round the back of us and took another run into the decoys but still a good 80 yards high and their body language and formation suggested little interest therefore it was not surprising that they over flew us and joined in with another skein that was heading inland to our west.
We waited until about 0930 and the geese were showing no interest in our field, the bulk headed way inland to our East. Goose numbers were way down this morning but that still did not detract from the spectacle of the flight or our enjoyment, the pleasure in wildfowling is not the size of the bag. Happy to have seen geese we packed up the decoys and headed back to the vehicles where we met up with farm owner Barry. Barry had been decoying about half a mile away from us and had 4 Pinkfeet and the news that geese had been coming into our field before our delayed arrival typical!
That afternoon Sam & I were shooting near home in upper Teesdale right on the top of the
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