Saturday, 12 April 2008

Special birds: Greater White-fronted Goose

Large numbers (100s of 1000s) of Siberian race Greater White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons albifrons spend their winters in eastern Europe. They roost on large reservoirs, lakes and fish-ponds and feed in the large crop fields that dominate many lowland areas. Most arrive in mid-October and leave in March. Though some stay into April. Local conditions - temperatures, food supply, hunting pressures - dicate local concentrations. In many places they are the most abundant wintering goose and flocks are always worth checking carefully for other goose species.

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