Close up of a pink-footed Goose

Thursday 23rd September comments: slightly later than expected but its now officially autumn… and you may ask why? Well let us explain…

Over the last few days we’ve had our first Pink-footed Geese arrive as they migrate over the Isle of May and today the floodgates have opened as huge numbers have been seen arriving across Scotland. 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 sites such as Strathbeg (Aberdeenshire), Montrose Basin (Angus), Loch Leven (Perthshire) 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.

Its an amazing spectacle to watch and real excitement as the call of the geese signals the start of Autumn. It’s good to have them back and suspect we’ll be seeing plenty more in the forthcoming weeks. So when you are out and about, look up and listen and you never know what you may see.

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