Monday, November 27, 2006

My Place: one of the highlights

This morning I was reminded of one of the highlights of the place where I live: the North Norfolk coast, when hundreds of Pink Footed geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) flew over, possibly some of the 40 000 that over-winter at the Snettisham RSPB reserve down the coast.

The Pink Footed geese arrive in October, and their early morning and early evening journeys inland from their roosting grounds in the Wash are one of the great spectacles of winter. On a good day, there will be thousands of geese in skein after skein, some Vs, some Ws, some ragged lines like an unravelling weather front on a synoptic chart.
There is an excellent RSPB page
It contains a rather nice illustration.

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