Moray public encouraged to enjoy international cast of thousands

Migrating Geese providing a fantastic sight right at our doorstep.
Migrating Geese providing a fantastic sight right at our doorstep.

THE MORAY BIRD CLUB is encouraging people to head out to Findhorn Bay this Autumn and see for themselves the massive importance of the area for visiting Geese.

Around 51,000 geese are currently visiting the vitally important Moray migration area – creating a fantastic and noisy spectacle that brings bird watchers form throughout the country to the Bay.

Those in the know will arrive shortly before sunrise – while in the evenings the hour before sunset will produce impressive skeins of tens of thousands of geese flying overhead before landing and settling in for the night.

A spokeswoman for the Moray Bird Club said: “The recent good weather adds to the beauty of the scene with the multi-coloured reflection of the sun and clouds (if any) on the bay. You can even hear the odd curlew’s soft burbling call, which can be heard even through the geese’s chatter as they settle for the night.

“Additional groups of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts have joined the regular ones and have been enjoying this past week, armed only with flasks of hot tea and binoculars!

“This wonderful display of nature and migration at the change of seasons occurs just now every morning and evening. It will last only a few weeks or less before most of the geese head south – but it is a stunning display that people in Moray are lucky to witness.”

Access to the Findhorn Nature Reserve is easiest from the bird hid on the Kinloss to Findhorn road or the small footbridge opposite Manse Road in Kinloss. Parking is free and easy at the Kinloss church car park as well – and then just follow the happy chatter coming from the bay – wellies a good idea, but not essential.

Once on the shore, there are many tree trunks to sit on. Wear warm clothes, bring a camera and enjoy the show!

The spokeswoman added: “The Kinloss Flower Club’s project later in the year of a wheelchair accessible path will make things even easier for the general public, with a pavilion at the end for comfortable viewing, resting and observation in the nature reserve.”

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