Monday 7th September comments: Autumn is early, its official (well maybe not official but it seems to have arrived early this year as we’ll explain). Yesterday marked a significant date in the diary as we heard our first Pink-footed Geese over the island and if anyone has heard the call of wild geese as they arrive to winter in the UK then you’ll know what I mean.
Pink-footed Geese breed in Iceland, Greenland and Swalbard and if conditions are right at this time of year, they start departing for wintering grounds in the UK. Aided by a westerly tail wind, they cross quickly and some will come down the east coast stopping off at well known Goose areas such as Strathbeg (Aberdeenshire), Montrose Basin (Angus) and Aberlady Bay (Lothian). Birds will winter in these area but many more will head further south to Northumberland with even bigger numbers in north Norfolk. Over the next four weeks we expect to record thousands as they move into the UK and it’s an amazing spectacle to watch.
Interesting yesterday is one of the earliest ever dates we’ve recorded them on the Isle of May as recent record show (dates show the first autumn return date);
2015: 23rd September
2016: 16th September
2017: 13th September
2018: 7th September
2019: 6th September
So just shows you that autumns are getting sooner (or at least the geese are moving earlier). So watch out and listen out, the Geese are on the move.