Walking down the Liffey quays towards the lifting bridge, a group of Brent Geese had gathered a couple of weeks ago. They are probably about to, or in the middle of migrating.
It is interesting to note their amazing travels while we lament their passing.
Whoopers typically fly to Iceland and northern Europe from Ireland while Greylags mainly return to Iceland.
Brent Geese, quite common flying over Dublin or grazing on grass fields, including football fields, in the Winter, head for Greenland or Canada.
It seems that when temperatures are beginning to get tolerable for us, the winter migrant birds get hot under the collar and feel the pull for colder climes.
Of course the weather this Winter and ‘Spring’ has been pretty miserable – one of the coldest March months on record.
But spring really is in full swing regardless of the cold and frost. Witness the Crows at their rookeries, the Jackdaws sitting on wires or branches in pairs, not to mention the cute spindly-legged foals and the gorgeous young lambs.
So the Whooper Swans and Greylag geese are still close-by.
The very idea of sitting with your belly on the frozen ground is enough to give the collycobbles!