|Ready and waiting at Bull Island South Lagoon Ricky Whelan|
|Brent Geese flock flying overhead Dick Coombes|
On the morning we totaled a combined count of 7064 Brent, making them the most numerous waterbird species in Dublin Bay. This number is higher than what we have seen during IWeBS and Dublin Bay Birds Project Counts. The explanation can probably be put down to the timing of the count and capturing all the geese just after dawn as other counts are often conducted later in day by which time the geese may have already departed for inland feeding sites. More information on species numbers within Dublin Bay can be viewed here on the IWeBS Project Page.
|Light Bellied Brent Geese resting at a grassland feeding site Dick Coombes|
We were thrilled to see such good numbers of Brent. We had plenty of time to count the flocks as they remained roosting well after it had become bright. At around 0930am flocks of various sizes began to leave the coast and head inland as expected. After a successful mission the team returned to a local cafe to tally counts and more importantly for the second coffee of the day!
|The BirdWatch Ireland Count Team having a |
well deserved coffee Ricky Whelan