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Greylag Geese - Hebridean Birds
Western Isles Birds - Greylag Geese - Hebridean Birds - Western Isles Birds.

Geese - greylag goose - the ancestor of most domestic breeds of goose. With its large size and ungainly gait and loud honking call - you cant miss it.

These geese can be seen wandering all over The Isle of Harris and Lewis.. Here are a few photographs and info about the greylag geese as seen in the western isles.
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Bird Overview - Greylag Geese
Family
Swans
Ducks
Geese
Latin name
Anser anser

 Population
Common


Similar Species
All other Grey Geese
Description
This beautiful looking goose is actually the ancestor of most domestic geese.

It is a really large bird with an ungainly gait. They are resident breeders in The Western Isles although there are also Scandinavian greylag geese which also breed here - but are just passing through.

It has a pink bill and a pale forewing in flight. This goose has a wide neck with a very bulky body. Its feet and legs are pink

Size
82cm - wingspan 164cm
Habitat
These birds can be seen on sea coasts, moorlands, fields and rivers. The birds in the Western Isles breed in varied places - sand dunes, shingle banks also frequently inland on moorland

Food
The majority of birds feed on agricultural land: They have been recorded eating turnips, kale, beans, carrots and newly sown grain.
Voice
The greylag geese have a loud honking call
Breeding
The greylag geese build their nests in a variety of places including hollows on the land or on floating vegetation in the water.

They often have a brood of six or more goslings- sometimes as many as twelve. They breed Apr to July and incubation is . 28-29days and the young fledge at 8 weeks


Misc. Info
It is believed that climate change may be a contributory factor to the large increase in the numbers of geese which are fast becoming a problem to farmers and crofters.

The name greylag is explained in many ways - some say the 'lag' refers to it lagging behind on migration -(for those that pass through the Western Isles) or alternatively that 'lag' is and ancient name for goose
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