Tuesday, 19 September 2017

First Geese Reported From Wales...

Derek Grimwood  - 5 brent at The Gann, Pembrokeshire on 18/09/17, but they didn't stay long...
At Strangford Lough today, Alex Portig scanned nearly 2,000 geese at the North End without finding a single juvenile. I scanned about 1,600 geese from the Montgomery Hide and only found two families, one with 4 young, the other with 2. At Horse Island, amongst relatively small numbers, there were again two families, one with 6 juveniles, the other with 1. As is usual at this time of year, the families tend to be located at the edge of, or away from, the main flocks.
So, there are continuing signs that it may have been a poor breeding season...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Update on Numbers at Strangford Lough...

Alex Portig has been out estimating numbers at Strangford Lough again today - hats off to you, Alex, and a big thanks!! He reports the following:
North End: Very rough count of about 7,000
Castle Espie: 1,700
South of Castle Espie Pier: about 100
Greyabbey: 700
Hence a very approximate figure for the total of 9,500

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Dublin Off The Mark (x2)...

I have been away from Strangford Lough for a couple of days doing other things, but understand that Alex Portig read a dozen rings at Floodgates yesterday...
This afternoon, however, 16/09/2017, Tom Carroll read the first ring from Dublin, at Sutton Creek, off Santa Sabina, amongst 13 geese there, and also RECORDED THE FIRST JUVENILE HERE IN IRELAND OF THE WINTER!!
My daughter, Suzy, who sometimes walks her dogs along the length of the sea defences at Newtownards (N. Strangford Lough) reports vastly increased numbers there yesterday (I have it drilled into her to report such things!!), compared with the last time she was there.