Gallery - Geese-Grey (Anser)
Plumage grey-brown, except Snow goose, under tail coverts white. In winter on farmland, marshes and Estuaries.
Look at this BTO video for some great information on these birds.
The greylag Goose has been classified as a Amber list species-medium conservation concern.
The Greylag is the ancestor of many domesticated geese. it breeds in northan wetlands from artic tundra to reed beds and migrates south during the winter. it feeds on plant material and the nest is made up of locally gathered vegitation.
In its northern breeding grounds this goose is unique in that some birds nest in dense coniferous or birch forests. for many parts of Europe this is a winter migrant and small flocks visit fields, river valleys and sometimes coastal marshes. It grazes on grasses,seeds,roots and even berries. Family parties stay together for most of the winter.
The Pink-footed Goose is a Amber list bird-Medium conservation concern.
This goose breeds on the ground in remote parts of Iceland,Greenland and Spitsbergen. Large flocks winter together in Britain and other countries bordering the north sea.
The White-fronted Goose is classed as a Amber List species-Medium Conservation Concern.
In winter this is the most numumerous goose in Europe. It breeds on the Artic tundra and migrates in the Autumn. Feeds on leaves, roots and seeds.
The Bar-headed Goose is a goose which breeds in Central Asia in colonies of thousands near mountain lakes. It lays 3-8 eggs in a ground nest.In the Uk there are a few escapees but mainly found in collections.
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