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Greylag Geese

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This species of geese is one of the last species to migrate, gaining them the name greylag, as they ‘lag’ behind the other migrating geese.

On the 29th of September, known as Michaelmas, the greylag goose was traditionally eaten in the remembrance of the archangel St. Michael.

The well-known behavioral scientist, Konrad Lorenz studied the phenomenon of imprinting on this species demonstrating that Greylag chicks would bond with and/or regard as parents whatever they laid their eyes on first after hatching.

After breeding season the geese moult all their feathers which are then replaced by new ones. Unfortunately, the birds are flightless for about a month while they wait for their new feathers to grow in.

     
 
     
     
 
After a long absence, in early October, we found the Greylag Goose again - and looking well!
     
 
     
     

2021

   
 
     
 
     
Just when Barnie and Wilma (our names for the Toulouse Geese) were getting fed up with the unwanted attentions of the only Greylag goose on the pond - two more arrived!
 
     
 
   
 
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