Thursday February 11th, 2021 Water Blog

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Perfect Weather for Geese

With recent weather warnings – Status Yellow – Wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford from Met Eireann, and falls of snow along the west coast counties, I feel for the wildlife.  Of course they are designed for this seasonal weather.

 

The brent geese of Clontarf, as I call them, are happiest with this cold dry weather – with nice solid ground for feeding and lovely bright skies.

There are two types of brent geese. The ones that we are interested in…are the pale-bellied brent geese that breed mostly in Canada and Greenland and spend the winter in Ireland.

Brent geese nest in the Arctic tundra. There severe climate allows them only about two months of good weather in which to raise a family. In early October they appear in North Dublin. Around April, they will leave Ireland and head north again.

I don’t like when they leave. I love the sound of them flying overhead heading for their tea in the evening. So let’s enjoy these visitors while they are here.

 

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