3 February 2010

Brent Geese





Yesterday I walked down to the dock area to check out the Brent Geese. It was my first visit to the area for a couple of months and there were a lot more Geese this time, about 20 or so birds in 2 or 3 loose groups.







It was a cold raw day and the paths were very very icy, I even put my spikes on to avoid the inevitable slips. Not much else around, a few Harlequins bobbing around offshore, small groups of Scaup and Goldeneye but that's about it.







Today is really cold, a high of minus 9. Of course to those of you in the interior of North America, the high latitudes of Scandinavia or indeed further north/east in Hokkaido  this might not be so cold to to me it is. At least some fresh snow has fallen atop the ice making walking a little easier........

No birds around town (and still no Waxwings) except for a few Dusky Thrush and Hawfinch. Hopefully this cold snap will lead to an influx of some interesting stuff. Apparently someone reported a Gyrfalcon at Sawara last week so perhaps that's where we'll be heading on Sunday.......

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3 comments:

  1. Looks like you can get reasonably close to these subjects. I can't get within 100 metres of the Bean Geese here. Some lovely photographs.

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  2. A what, a gyr falcon!!! How come it reaches you ;-) Beautiful post on the brent goose... They will come back soon over here (well let's say we have to wait less than in December ;-) )... you got beautiful pictures of them with a nice light... Funny to see that Hawfinch are not that interesting for you... I've never seen one

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  3. Hi Russell, they are quite approachable, you can get within 10 metres or so.

    Hi Chris, Hawfinches are pretty common here. I do like them but they are very very wary.......

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