Thank you to everyone who’s sent in resightings of the Cotswold birds – I’m working my way through the updating so expect an email soon. Generally, we’ve seen that a […]
I’ve been back in the field (the Cotswold Water park) for a brief stint to check out what the geese are up to. The flock structure changed even during the […]
Though I find food itself a pleasure, even during my everyday life I often find it a hassle to feed myself. All too often it’s 11pm and all I’ve eaten […]
Happy times! Today the project received its 1600th resighting (of NH, as it goes, the only bird known to have a reversed collar – it was supposed to be HN). […]
And that’s how to catch geese when they’re not in moult!
Professor Stuart Bearhop from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation uses cannon netting to catch light-bellied Brent Geese. Over the last 10 years over 3000 animals been marked and we now have a database comprising over 100000 resightings.
Please note that – though it looks dramatic – cannon netters are licensed, extremely well-trained and have the utmost regard for the safety of the birds they catch. Birds are ringed, some body measurements may be taken and then they are released.
For more on the science possible from frequent resightings of ringed b
Forage – Drive – Walk – Binoculars out – Scan – Walk – Walk – Sight geese! – Walk (carefully now) – (Tele)scope out – Scan – Shuffle closer – […]
6 days + 718 miles + 18 mosquito bites + 4 different ways of carrying the tripod + (most importantly) 180 resightings I’ve had a lot of geese fly over […]