Goose Bedtime

This is post 200 , there are a lot of geese in this post (not quite 200)

It is the honking and flapping that came first and then the sweeping Vs of Canada geese as the sun was going down . They flew over in two waves followed by two stragglers who missed the leaving time.

I was in an awkward spot in the trees but managed to catch the second group.

Canada Geese actually sleep in the water a sentinel looks out for predators. In the morning they fly to their feeding grounds where they eat and feed in the morning and afternoon and then fly to their roosting area again in the evening.

Canada Geese facts –

Lifespan: 10 – 24 years (In the wild)

Scientific name: Branta canadensis

Mass: Male: 3.2 – 6.5 kg (Adult), Female: 2.5 – 5.5 kg (Adult)

Britain has a resident population of Canada geese these are added to by migrating Scandinavian birds.

These lakes at Rushden are part of the Nene valley wetlands a SSSI ( site of special scientific interest) they were once gravel pits but have become a series of lakes which attract twenty thousand migratory birds and other wildlife such as dragonflies, hobbies, otters and even Bitterns.

I am looking forward to the arrival of these visiting birds and dusting off the binoculars !


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