Earlier than last year, the same park... the same flock?
Pretty autumn visitors.
Curiously, in the Middle Ages barnacle geese were believed by some to hatch from barnacles.
I have frequently seen, with my own eyes, more than a thousand of these small bodies of birds, hanging down on the sea-shore from one piece of timber, enclosed in their shells, and already formed.
Giraldus Cambrensis (1187), quoted in this interesting book on the subject of barnacles.