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Goose,Pink footed (Anser brachyrhynchus)
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Goose,Pink footed (Anser brachyrhynchus)

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The pink-footed goose is a medium-sized bird and looks a bit daintier than other geese. This species does not breed in the UK, but large numbers of birds spend the winter here, arriving from their breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland. Numbers in England are on the increase, particularly around The Wash, probably due to better protection at winter roosts.
Its wintering habitat can be found on hilly areas, moors, lowland marshes, arable farmland, particularly potatoes and carrot fields; roosts on estuaries, mudflats and freshwater lakes.
Their diet consists of grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass.
The flocks are very noisy - birds make a rather musical ‘wink-wink’ yelping.


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