Wanderings of a Greylag Goose

The wanderings of a Greylag Goose

The bird was trapped and had a collar fitted  in Sweden 5/6/2000 and it then wandered locally in Sweden until it was seen in the Netherlands on 31/10/2004 It then stayed in the Netherlands until it was located in Schleswig Holstein on 16/12/2006 Relocated in Denmark on 10/3/2006 and then back to its home territory in Sweden by  19/8/2006 Reported again in the Netherlands 16/12/2007 but back in Sweden between 19/8/2008 to 5/11/2008 It was then undetected until 28/2/2010 when it was found at Druridge Bay, Northumberland (1) On 23/4/2010 it was at Seahouses (2) By 23/4/2010 it was at Scarborough Yorkshire (3) 9/5/2010 Radwell Lakes, Bedfordshire (4) On 13/5/2010 it was reported near Colchester, Essex (5) but on 17/5/2010 it had returned north to Rattray Head, Aberdeen shire (6) Back south again by 20/9/2010 it was near Canterbury,Kent (7) On 9/10/2010 it was seen flying past Portgwarra and settling at the Hayle Estuary on 10/10/2010 It was last seen on the Hayle Estuary on 6/11 It was relocated at Drift Reservoir on 16/11 and last reported there on 31/12/2010 It was then found back on the Hayle Estuary on 3 & 7/1/2011 Finally, it has been relocated at Longham Lake, nr Bournemouth, Dorset (SZ 062982) on 10/1

Where is it now?

Photographed on the Hayle Estuary 14/10/2010 by Adrian Langdon

More Information on this bird

The bird was ringed as an adult bird with a family and as you suspected it is a female. The population at Lake Yddingen where it was marked is a genuinely wild population that was established some time in the late sixties of Greylags spreading from other lakes in Scania. Of course with a species like the Greylag where there has been reintroductions in many places you can of course not be sure that they have a portion of genes (and characters) of other races like rubirostris. I do not however have any notes on any deviating racial belonging of this bird, but I did not take part in the actual catching of it. There can of course be connections between Greylags from this wild population and feral birds in the neighbouring cities. We know of some neckbanded Greylags from the wild population that have moved to the feral populations in the city of Malmö. There have not been an introductions in the area during the last 30 years at least and there has always been a small, genuinely wild population remnant in the province of Scania even during the sixties before the population explosion of the Greylags.


Leif Nilsson