It’s traditionally used to follow friends, famous faces and keep abreast of current affairs but this Autumn RSPB Scotland’s using Twitter to track the arrival of thousands of wintering geese.
The conservation charity is asking people to ‘tweet’ sightings or pictures of the birds using the hashtag #goosewatch.
Every year, as part of their migratory journey, hundreds of thousands of geese feed and roost on lochs and estuaries across Scotland.
Reports of sightings are already coming in through the social networking site with RSPB Loch of Strathbeg reporting a large flock over the reserve on Friday morning.
Last year, the reserve recorded one of the biggest flocks in the UK with up to 70,000 geese using the reserve as a night –time roost.
Large flocks have also been recorded on the charity’s reserves at Vane Farm, Mersehead and Loch Gruinart.
The most commonly sighted species include the pink-footed goose, the greylag goose and the barnacle goose.
Louise Smith of RSPB Scotland: “The arrival of the geese is very much a highlight of Scotland’s wildlife calendar, and the first are due any day now. By using twitter to report sightings we can track their progress online and get an idea of where the large flocks are stopping across the country. So the more people who are watching the skies the better!”
Wintering geese traditionally start to arrive in mid September, with numbers reaching their peak in October.
RSPB Scotland is inviting anyone with a Twitter account to share their goose sightings or pictures by using the #goosewatch hashtag.
Those without a Twitter account can email sightings through firstname.lastname@example.org.