Large numbers, 500 at least and maybe 700 or 800, of Cackling Goose were arriving from all directions. We had stumbled across the geese fields in Urahoro: this is the best place in Hokkaido to see Snow and Cackling Geese as they pause here for several weeks before they head further south. Probably almost the entire Japanese population of Cackling Geese in one spot! I had no idea that a) this was the place and b) the geese would arrive so early.
Neil and Richard had told us of a huge goose flock in north Hokkaido they’d seen a couple of days ago and this must have been the same flock.