I’m a big proponent for making the most of any time we have to spend with nature and the best way of doing that is to chose accommodation with as close a connection to the great outdoors as possible. Ideally that would mean that we’d be camping every weekend but alas the British weather often has other ideas, as do our families. Even so the alternatives are numerous and careful selection has seen us range from a wooden cabin in Conwy Valley right through to gorgeous stone stables in the Peak District. Somewhere in between though sits the static caravan, a blight on our coastal areas for sure but also a more climatically safe choice when compared to a few nights under canvas. Such logic was the reason we found ourselves at Costwold Hoburne, a large site surrounded by lakes and just as importantly within easy reach of Fairford (oh yes more aircraft coming your way tomorrow). Mallards wander freely between the caravans, Mute Swans raise their families within view of chipboard heaven and, best of all, this year we were also treated to superb views of Common Terns. I spotted the first soon after we’d arrived and from then on they were an almost constant presence fishing around the entire park. On Saturday evening I decided to see if we could get a little closer and within ear shot of that nights entertainment managed to take the following photo.
To say I’m pretty pleased with this would be an understatement. It was the only frame I took, just before we lost the light, and I don’t think I could really have done any better given my equipment.
Also present were a small flock of Canada Geese, one of which was carrying a rather prominent neck ring. Trying to read the letters themselves proved somewhat difficult with the bird seeming to know just which way to sit in order to completely obscure my view. Eventually my perseverance paid off though and I had great expectations about what life story I might uncover.
A quick internet search soon uncovered what I was after but alas the history of this goose was not as exciting as I had hoped for. It turns out that it was ringed as part of a Canada Goose research project in Cotswold Water Park a couple of years ago, meaning that it really hasn’t travelled far at all. Still an interesting sighting nonetheless and I’ll be submitting this record to further the research efforts.