Volunteer Outing to see the Brent Geese

Nine intrepid twitchers from our volunteer team met at Harrison’s for a soup and sandwich lunch before getting our wellies on, and, led by Gemma and her trusty ‘scope, we tramped across the lough shore towards Chapel Island.

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At the moment there are around 22,000 Brent Geese on Strangford Lough.  Family groups wheel overhead before they land, exhausted from their long flight from Iceland.  Still more to arrive.

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Eel Grass is the favourite food of the Brents, and on Strangford there is plenty for all.

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As well as Brent we spotted a kestrel hovering, bluetit, wren, plover, widgeon, lots of swans and a bar tailed godwit.

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Homeward bound across the low tide of the lough.

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Our footsteps mingled with those of the geese.

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Thanks Gemma for arranging the lunch, the tides, the weather and a lovely day out.

Ellen

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