LETTER: The geese are our local birds

I refer to your story and the letter from Owen Boydell in the Herald of September 23. The geese currently moving around Eastbourne are in fact our local Canada Geese.

A flock of up to 1,000 roost each night on Arlington Reservoir before spreading out to feed in area. The main flock can usually be found during day in the Cuckmere Valley between Litlington and the sea.

For the past two or three weeks considerable numbers have flown east over East Dean just after sunrise returning west in the evening in the dark just after sunset.

The reason for this change of behaviour is not certain but most likely a new source of food.

The only other large flocks passing Eastbourne in the autumn, usually over the sea, are Brent Geese arriving from Arctic Russia to spend the winter on the South Coast in such exotic warmer climes as Chichester and Pagham Harbours in West Sussex.

Personally I like to see the Canada Geese around Eastbourne but I am sure there are those who wish the geese were on a one-way ticket to the warmer parts of Europe and Africa.

David Jode

Summerdown Lane,

East Dean

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