The geese over Wrington .....
By one of those lucky chances, I was in
the right place at the right time - 7.15am
in Orchard Close. I heard that amazing
sound which geese make in flight, and,
by the time I’d whipped my little camera
from my pocket they were flying over the
bungalows on the other side of the road,
which wasn’t a great shot.
Then something made me look to my left,
the sound grew ever louder, and I was
privileged to capture the iconic skein of
geese as the squadron passed over my
head. Bon voyage - and a safe return !
Shortly after this was uploaded, Ian Parsons kindly e-mailed: “Wonderful! I have been watching these geese
go over every morning at about 7.00 to 7.30 (time depends upon the weather and sunrise). If it is wet then
they are usually later.
The numbers have been building up and should reach a peak soon. The geese have flown down from the
north, and because it looks like a mixture of species (some skeins are of smaller geese, and not necessarily
young ones) they have arrived here over a period of about 4 weeks so far.
They come back in the evening at about sunset (7.00 to 7.45), and can be seen flying up the Yeo valley, but
usually a little further south, and roost at the lakes mostly at Chew Valley Reservoir. They fly to the coast in the
mornings to feed on the salt grasses south of Clevedon.
They may stay all winter. This is the first year that I have seen so many. I haven't yet been able to record them
on video, but your super shots from this morning may spur me on to try again!
A Gaggle of Geese doesn't do the flock justice, but squadron does seem more appropriate.”