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Greylag Goose?

Observed: 12th April 2010 By: Sapphire
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

Greylag Goose at Middle Pool

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Greylag Goose (Anser anser) interacts

Comments

Kluut's picture

Greylag geese

Outside of some areas of Scotland, all greylags can be considered to be feral - they have been introduced in many places, from where they have spread, for ornament, and/or for sport shooting.
The sub-species native to the UK has an orange beak, sometimes with a thin line of white feathers at the base. Any other white patches scattered throughout the birds indicates some domestic blood.
Your bird seems likely to be at least reasonably pure. There is an excellent photo' posted by elk3 today.

anonymous spotter's picture

Goose

It is also a bird that doesn't look entirely happy at your presence!

Sapphire's picture

Goose

Hi Roger, the goose actually approached me because I was holding bread and he had followed me for about 100 yards. That's how I got such a close up.