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Saturday, 17 May 2008

Geese Over Filton

While driving along the Ring Road from Emerson's Green this morning, I was surprised to see two large Canadian Geese flying overhead about 30 feet above the ground.

I saw the birds as I approached Filton, their flight path taking them from the Abbey Wood MOD campus, across the adjacent retail park and over the A4174 towards Filton itself.

I assume they are normally resident around one of the lakes at Abbey Wood. I'm not sure where they were heading - possibly the grassy areas near the freight train line in Filton.

Canadian Geese were considered to be near-extinct in their native North America until the 1950s. Conservation work has seen a dramatic rise in their numbers and they have also been reintroduced into Britain, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

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