You guessed it! Pink-footed geese! With our upcoming People’s Postcode Lottery Goose Breakfast just around the corner, it would only be right to share some facts about these glorious birds.
With a grey-brown round head, short neck and a pale chest, the Pink-footed goose may be difficult for a new bird watcher such as myself to distinguish from other geese. However, for those eagle-eyed, (excuse the pun!) budding new birders, their most identifiable feature are the pink bill and legs that they possess. Often travelling in family groups, they migrate from mainly Greenland and Iceland to arrive in the UK to spend the winter months in a milder climate.
The importance of the migration to the Pink-footed geese is to utilise the best ecological conditions to suit their needs for that particular time of the year.
Montrose Basin is Internationally important for Pink-footed geese, with last years count (2014) reaching a massive 78,970 – our highest ever recorded number!
The Pink-footed geese will eventually leave the UK and travel back to their breeding grounds in the Spring of next year.
Meili Oh – Visitor Centre Intern