The Greylag Goose is the species from which most farmyard geese were bred as can be seen by comparing their calls and the size, shape and colour of their bills and feet. In the wild the big deep-based bill, pink or orange is always diagnostic and the pink legs would rule out any species other than Pink-foot. Greylags are also bigger, bulkier and paler than other grey geese. The head, neck, chest, belly, upperwing, underwing and rump can all look conspicuously pale grey, making flight identification relatively easy.

Icelandic birds join the resident British population in Scotland during the winter. Scandinavian birds move southwest, chiefly wintering in France and Spain. Central and southern European populations winter around the Turkey.

Geese are primarily grazing birds, although they also take grain, root crops and leafy vegetation. Geese have relatively short bills, and prefer pasture or meadows that are grazed by cattle or sheep. A flock of geese will work their away across the fields, nibbling the more nutritious growing shoots of the grass or cereal crop. Grass, by itself, is not particularly high in nutrients, and geese have to eat almost continuously in order to gain any nourishment from it. To allow these bulky birds to be able to take-off in an emergency, they process this grass at a remarkable rate. The birds defecate almost continuously whilst grazing so that their gut is not weighed down with food and they can still make a quick getaway if danger threatens.

The identification ofGreylag Goose is  a large bulky grey goose, with pinkish-orange bill and dull pink legs. Plumage is plain grey/brown. Some with thin white rim at the base of the bill, and many with dark marks on the belly.

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