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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 30th September, 2022)

Flying South

Flying South
Geese over ploughed field, Standish.

Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
Views: 1,842

Comment by: Dave johnson on 30th September 2022 at 00:27

Quite possible they are just local Canada geese flying to the next local water. Migrating geese would be higher in the sky?

Comment by: Poet on 30th September 2022 at 06:36

Above fields unzipped and seeded ,
The wild geese are honking overhead ,
How blessed to watch and listen
Until their whale song has faded

And they're distant dots
Like crotchets on the cirrostratus .
You turn home ! but home for them
Is a straight line somewhere

Across the cold brittle sky ,
Their domain less precise than mine .
Rest for you a familiar chair ,
For they some strange mountain tarn .

Comment by: Linma on 30th September 2022 at 06:48

Perhaps they were on their way to Martin Mere.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 30th September 2022 at 07:29

I dont think we give birds the credit they deserve.
October is the month they leave the fields & marshes in Norfolk, long skeins of them in the air, you hear them before you see them. They know its time to go. They weave & bob about changing places all the time making one of the group a new leader.
Amazing to watch. Thanks Poet.

Comment by: PeterP on 30th September 2022 at 09:00

Where are the geese? On my computer there are dots on the horizon over the houses in the middle of the photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th September 2022 at 09:15

I don't blame them flying South but I don’t envy their journey. ( It’s bad enough going by coach!) As they are all friends “birds of a feather flocking together” it shouldn’t be too arduous and boring. ;o))

Comment by: irene roberts on 30th September 2022 at 09:34

Like PeterP, I just can't make out where the geese are....I can see what looks like a small grey cloud just to the centre-right of the photo....is that them? . However, I still like the Autumn scene.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th September 2022 at 09:57

I've seen in previous years big flocks or to be precise Skeins of Geese coming from Southern and also Easterly directions, and as Linma mentioned they too looked to be headed for Martin Mere. Maybe they all go there now knowing they can get a good scoff of the potatoes and greens local farmers donate for feed. If the farmers are still donating them that is and they're not going for wonky veg at supermarkets.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 30th September 2022 at 09:59

I wonder if these are the same geese that flew over me, up here in Pilling last evening. They would have come up rom the local marshes in Morecambe Bay and heading south. A wonderful site to see and hear.

Nice pic, Poet. I wonder if any agency has ringed some of them and are tracking them.

Comment by: Maureen on 30th September 2022 at 10:47

I always get teary when I see and hear geese or swans flying overhead..it's a beautiful sight.

Comment by: Poet on 30th September 2022 at 13:20

Sorry the flock are a bit distant . By the time I'd got the camera pointed they were over the other side of the field , heading toward Martin Mere as suggested . I wonder how they know their way ?

Comment by: Ticsmon on 30th September 2022 at 13:46

Everyone has SatNav these days!

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 30th September 2022 at 14:03

About 2 minutes after this photo was taken they would have been flying over our house.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th September 2022 at 14:03

Poet you did your best - the photo stirred up some interesting and informative comments.

Comment by: Fred on 30th September 2022 at 14:12

It's a nice autumn scene, Geese or no Geese.

Comment by: DTease on 30th September 2022 at 20:01

Had they known, Mick, they would have made a detour to avoid the Parish Pest Control.

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