You're now subscribed to our newsletter. Reports from 2009/10 - Icelandic Greylag Goose & British/Irish Greylag Goose Reports from 2011/12 - As above with the addition of 'unspecified' Greylag Goose. Greylag geese were domesticated by at least 1360 BC, when images of domesticated birds resembling the eastern race, Anser anser rubirostris (which like modern farmyard geese, but unlike western greylags, have a pink beak) were painted in Ancient Egypt. [ Google Scholar ] The most impressive – and vocal – are geese, which mingle with resident species to create an impressive spectacle as they gather to feed on seeds, grass, potatoes and small invertebrates. As autumn progresses, the last stragglers of the summer visitors leave British shores while winter migrants arrive to feed in our estuaries, marshes and reservoirs. A large bird, it measures between 74 and 91 centimetres (29 and 36 in) in length, with an average weight of 3.3 kilograms (7.3 lb). The chicks are precocial and able to leave the nest soon after hatching. The core breeding population of ‘wild geese’ is in Scotland. It also breeds locally in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and North Macedonia. [11] In the 1920s in Britain, the pink-footed goose "discovered" that potatoes were edible and started feeding on waste potatoes. We present an analysis of the migration counts from Lista Bird Observatory from 1990 until 2012 showing that the peak of migration has moved forward in time compared to the 90s. geese, migration, migrate, flock, migratory, waterfowl, migrating, bird watching, fowl, goose, fauna Public Domain After the eggs hatch, some grouping of families occur, enabling the geese to defend their young by their joint actions, such as mobbing or attacking predators. An escapee from ornamental collections, there are now 1,100 breeding pairs across the UK. Greylag geese Anser anser depart earlier in spring: an analysis of goose migration from western France over the years 1980–2005. Both parents are involved in their care and they soon learn to peck at food and become fully-fledged at eight or nine weeks,[11] about the same time as their parents regain their ability to fly after moulting their main wing and tail feathers a month earlier. Both species are dark grey-brown with orange legs and bills. Diet. Acorns are sometimes consumed, and on the coast, seagrass (Zostera sp.) Its distribution is widespread, with birds from the north of its range in Europe and Asia migrating southwards to spend the winter in warmer places. These populations are increasingly coming into contact and merging. Graylag Goose Oie cendrée Anser anser Information, images and range maps on over 1,000 birds of North America, including sub-species, vagrants, introduced birds and possibilities The greylag goose sometimes hybridises with other species of goose including the barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) and the Canada goose (Branta canadensis), and occasionally with the mute swan (Cygnus olor). Try 3 issues of BBC Countryfile Magazine for just £5! There are various subtle variations used under different circumstances, and individual geese seem to be able to identify other known geese by their voices. Migration is often not so obvious in the autumn as it is in spring with summer visitors … A large bird, it measures between 74 and 91 centimetres (29 and 36 in) in length, with an average weight of 3.3 kilograms (7.3 lb). Filmed in Castricum, the Netherlands. Some with thin white rim at the base of the bill, and many with dark marks on the belly. Winter population is 90,000. A clutch of three to five eggs is laid; the female incubates the eggs and both parents defend and rear the young. note 1 : starting letter X , with codes X00 till X30 used for GPS-transmitter. After 1975, the maximum number during fall migration increased more than tenfold in the estuary, thus allowing assessment of goose impact on the marsh vegetation. [5], The greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the grey geese of the genus Anser, but is more lightly built and agile than its domestic relative. Some farmers painted the geese's feet with tar and sand to protect them from road wear as they walked. It has a white line bordering its upper flanks, and its wing coverts are light coloured, contrasting with its darker flight feathers. [20], Greylag geese tend to pair bond in long-term monogamous relationships. In Ancient Greece and Rome, they were associated with the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and goose fat was used as an aphrodisiac. 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