Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

Erratic visits from wandering individuals of captive origin. Remarkably, also one certain record of a truly wild bird (see below)

Wild Bird:
1 bird found by Nick Woods on 10th January 2011 (in the company of another Greylag) was wearing a blue neck ring with code 0EB, with a blue similarly coded ring on its left foot and a metal ring on its right. It was ringed in 2000 in Scania, Sweden. It turned up in Druridge Bay, Northumberland, in February 2010, and had been seen also in Scotland, Kent and Cornwall. It remained until 15th January.

Presumed Feral Birds:
1. 1 on 18th June 2003
2. 1 on 17th April 2004
3. 14 flew SE over the Quarry, 7th October 2006.
4. 4 over on 18th January 2007.
5. 1 on 11th March 2007.
6. 1 on 1st May 2007.
7. 2 on 5th May 2007.
8. 1 with a Canada Goose flock on Hampreston Fields, 5-8th January 2009.
9. 1 on 21st January 2009.
10. 2 on Hampreston Fields, 20th March 2009 (TT).
11. 1 over on 30th March 2010.
12. 2 on Longham Reservoir South on 14th April 2010, with 6 there on 16th.
13. 7 on LR South on 25th August 2010.
14. 10 on 26th February 2011 (George Green)
15. 10 on 3rd March, 8 with Canada Geese on 1st and 7th March 2011 (Larry Wheatland), then up to 11 on 8th-12th March (George Green).
16. 1 from 13th-29th March 2011, with 2 on 14th and 17th and 1 on 19th.
17. 3 on 11th April 2011, with 2 on 14th and 17th and 1 on 19th.
18. 2 on 25th April 2011 (Malcolm Ovens), with 1 on 26th (George Green).
19. 1 on 16th November 2011 (Dave and Pat Harris).
20. 2 on 4th December 2011 (George Green).
21. 4 over on 3rd May 2012 (Dominic Couzens).

 

2013: 1 on 23rd January (DC), 6 on Hampreston Fields, 6th March (Alan Pearce), 3 on 9th (Kevin Lane) and 4 on 10th (WEBS), 10 on 26th March, 4 on 1st April, 19 on 8th April (DC), 2 on 14th April (WEBS), 12 over at night on 9th June 2013 (DC), 1 on 2nd October (DC).

2014: 1 on 20th and 21st January (DC), 1 on 16th March (Trundle), 16 on 9th April, then 2 on 15th and 1 on 17th April (DC) and 7 on 20th April, 1 on 26th April (Martin Wood), 7 on 7th May, 5 over on 14th May, 9 on 18th May (Robin Trundle) then 3 on 26th May (DC), 2 on 9th November (WEBS), 16 on 2nd December, 27 on 7th December (WEBS).

2015: 2 on 10th January, 7 on 21st, 25 on 17th February and 41 on 25th; then 28 on 9th March, 5 on 12th April and 2 on 19th July. Possibly overlooked after that.

Maximum numbers per month:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2016  1  2  5  9  3 13
2017
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