Our Winter Visitors

by David Murray on 23 November 2011

in Birds, Cleveland, Nature Reserves, Yorkshire

White fronted goose

White Fronted Goose
(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

During the summer months the North of England welcomes visitors in their hundreds of thousands from all around the globe. Those human visitors drop off after September but we then start to see a different kind of visitor, flying in from colder climes.

This morning I spotted two reports of White Fronted Geese arriving from the frozen north. David Simmonite wrote from the RSPB Dearne Valley reserve about the tremendous achievement of these birds, flying high over the Greenland icecap to winter here.

Then Ben Calvert gives us a video glimpse of a group of these intrepid travellers feeding on the grassland at RSPB Saltholme, where he says they’ve stayed longer than usual.

Apparently there are two races of White Fronted Geese that visit us each winter, one from Greenland and the other from Siberia. Whichever direction they arrive from they fill me with amazement, as do so many other migrating birds. They may not pay us for their presence (except in interest and enjoyment) but they deserve our respect and our welcome each year, just as do the human tourist visitors of the summer.

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