Species: Greylag goose

The greylag goose is the ancestor to the domestic goose and, standing at 70-90 cm tall, is one of the largest of the wild goose species seen in Europe. Like many sorts of geese that previously migrated over winter to parts of Southern Europe or North Africa, in recent decades, increasing numbers remain year-round in Northern Europe. They are commonly seen around lakes, reservoirs and river flood plains where they form mixed flocks with Canada geese. These areas are also used as breeding grounds in the late spring. They feed on grass, roots and cereals and large flocks can devastate farmers crops. As the name suggests, greylag geese have a predominantly grey-brown plumage with a slightly paler grey underside to the wings and distinctive orange beak and feet.

There is more information about the greylag goose (Anser anser)  avilable on the website of the RSPB.

 

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