Brant Goose

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Brent geese are native to high-Arctic Canada, so you’ll only spot these curious aquatic birds in Galway at a certain time of the year. Luckily for us, the Brent Goose has chosen Ireland as its winter home; while some winter in France and Britain, they mostly hunker down on our shores for the season. Brent Geese can be identified by their pitch-black heads and necks, brown wings, and white bellies. They travel in close-knit groups and primarily feed on eelgrass which can be found in sandy, saltwater areas. According to the Irish Brent Goose Research Group, this bird nests farther north than any other bird in the world. They reside in Ireland from September to April, waiting out the more severe seasonal weather of the Arctic tundra.