I am joining several memes today, and will be linking up with them as they become available.
I am sharing photos of the pair of Red-breasted Geese we saw when visiting London in June. We were walking through St. James Park. I looked at their legs and noticed that they were banded.
Red-breasted Geese - Brant ruficollis - are endangered and breed on the tundras of arctic Europe.
I read the following: "They often choose sites close to the nests of birds of prey such as peregrine falcons and snowy owls. While this might seem a dangerous thing to do, in fact it seems to provide protection from other predators such as arctic foxes."
Also, "In the winter, the birds move south. Up to 70% of the world's red-breasted geese winter around lakes in north-east Bulgaria, where flocks hundreds of thousands strong to graze....."
"They have moved their feeding grounds here from the former Soviet Union, where changes to agricultural practices, especially the conversion of wheat fields to cotton plantations, spelled disaster. But new threats face them in their new home....."
You can read more at this website where I found the above information.