September 19, 2010

Migration news

The first substantial flock of the autumn migrations has arrived: 500 or so pink-footed geese, coming in from Iceland to overwinter in our milder climate. They were spotted at Martin Mere in Lancashire, where they'll stay until April next year, their numbers swelling to around 20,000 or so at that reserve alone. During the winter days they'll graze on grass and grain in the fields nearby, returning to the safety of the Mere at night, and so avoiding the harsh winter conditions in Iceland, where they will breed next summer.