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Monday, 19 October 2015

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Black Rock

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Black Rock, 19th October 2015 (David O'Connor).

There was a comprehensive count of Brent Geese in Tralee Bay and Castlemaine Harbour last week, by the Irish Brent Goose Research Group. They found 1932 Brent in Tralee Bay, along with single Black Brant and Dark-bellied Brent, and 857 Brent in Castlemaine Harbour, 798 of which were at Inch. 15% of birds were juveniles, and the average brood size was 2.69, so it seems they had a good breeding season this year.
(with thanks to Gerry Murphy and Jill Crosher)