A winter visitor to northern Britain rarely venturing as far south as Dorset
Pink-footed Goose: Close formation flying
Along with other species of 'native' geese the pink-footed goose is a winter visitor to Britain with substantial numbers at regular wintering sites on the east coast of England and Scotland as well as on the Solway firth. To see them as far south as Dorset is a very rare occurrence. The pink-footed goose nests in the Arctic, notably Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen and they make the trip south in October when the weather gets too cold to remain at that latitude. They travel in huge flocks forming V-shaped skyenes across the sky. They return north to breed in April. If they are going to turn up in Dorset then mid-winter is the most likely time if the weather further north becomes too severe for them.
|Common Name||Pink-footed Goose|
|Scientific Name||Anser brachyrhynchus|
|Species Group||Birds Geese|
A greylag-like goose with distinctive pink legs
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