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Pink-footed Goose

A winter visitor to northern Britain rarely venturing as far south as Dorset 

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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
Status Very rare
Interest Level
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
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A greylag-like goose with distinctive pink legs 

Identification Notes
  • Superficially similar to many geese species but with pink legs
  • A smaller, more compact goose than the greylag
  • Most likely to be seen in wet meadows in river flood plains near the sea
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