We have a ‘rather large’ flock in the park now following a successful breeding season last year when I took the above photos. This may well have been matched this year but we were told that the nests were raided of eggs in order to keep numbers down, and thus we only saw 10 babies this year, six of which are below.
The geese fly over our house every day. I haven’t counted them, but they come in swathes of between thirty and forty birds at a time and we have at least five flyovers.
Graceful in their formation of flight, I haven’t got a picture yet, but then at 5 am I haven’t exactly got the camera to hand!
Maggie got me up at 5 this morning, desperate for a poo so I’m not going to argue.
Photo: August 2018
The sky in the direction of the sea was that striped blue/purple/pink/orange as the sun was rising, the waning moon a diminishing crescent shining over our back garden. She did her business then we went back indoors. The first group flew overhead as I closed the door, honking in joy at the start of their new day, totally oblivious to anyone trying to sleep!
The next battalion flew over some ten minutes later and another large group a few minutes after that, all equally excited at the start of their journey.
Maggie decided she wanted a wee at 6, so I was up again, and two more groups flew over, followed by a third bringing up the rear but at a different angle trying to catch up.
Photo: geese at dawn August 2018
We don’t know where they go, but have an idea from their direction of flight that it could be the estuary on the River Witham as we remember huge masses of birds flying over our heads on our walks there.
I don’t know about timing though as it can be confusing to a degree. The birds today were flying off early, yet last night the sky was full of geese headed in the same direction. Last year, they returned en masse in the evening, usually as we were walking Maggie for either her last walk or the one before. Now things seem to be reversed, unless we have two major flocks which alternate their night stop-overs in our park.
I reckon we have well over two hundred geese there now. The mess is horrific and there is nowhere you can walk to avoid it. We have seen one soul cleaning with a sweeper machine once, which smears rather than disposes of it. There’s a lake so why can’t they have a portable generator or something to use a power washer to clean the pathway?
At least the ducks are tidier generally doing their business IN the water and it sinks!