This year has seen a lot of rain. I have been fortunate enough to experience a lot of it first hand, since summer fieldwork in England means wellingtons. At the moment, the Cotswold Water Park is becoming rather more watery, with heavy rain causing flooding. The map below, correct at 9.30AM, shows areas affected.
The effect on the geese is likely to be that they will spend more time sheltering and less time foraging, though this may depend on the accompanying winds since flooded fields aren’t necessarily a problem for them. With so many more sites available offering fresh water and forage, they may spread out over the park as the weather passes and be able to use otherwise unsuitable sites. Though it would be very interesting to assess the affects of this weather on flock dynamics, I think that the difficulty in moving between sites on flooded roads and the inundation of low-lying ground precludes science. If you’re hardy enough to brave the weather and you spot collared Canada geese about, it would be great if you could let me know where, when and how many.
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