I want MORE! (Greylag Geese)

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Greylag Geese, Fairfield Road by the Pompton River, Wayne Township NJ

We have alot of geese that live near the river which is close to our house. Periodically, especially when it is cold and there is alot of snow, my daughter and I go feed them. This particular time I took photos because they are so beautiful. I love this shot because this one goose was annoyed with me that I had stopped feeding them and was taking photos. He was giving me a piece of his mind for sure and I captured him in midstream in his scolding.

Since someone asked I am adding information about the type of geese. these are Grey geese or Greylag geese. The Greylag Goose (also spelled Graylag in the United States), Anser anser, is a bird with a wide range in the Old World. It is the type species of the genus Anser.

It was in pre-Linnean times known as the Wild Goose (“Anser ferus”). This species is the ancestor of domesticated geese in Europe and North America. Flocks of feral birds derived from domesticated birds are widespread.

The Greylag Goose is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
Within science, the greylag goose is most notable as being the bird with which the ethologist Konrad Lorenz first did his major studying into the behavioural phenomenon of imprinting.

The waterfowl genus Anser includes all grey geese and sometimes the white geese. It belongs to the true geese and swan subfamily (Anserinae). The Wikpedia says they migrate, but our geese stay by the river here all year round.

They act like they own the area and the roads – my daughter has some fun photos of them crossing the road and honking at the cars and trucks that are stopped to let them pass.

I personally think their feathers are gorgeous – the patterns of the grey and beige ones are so beautiful. We go and feed them when we can – they like salad, fruits, bread – whatever is just a little old for the humans they think is a delicacy. Especially in the winter since they refuse to migrate we go over because we get alot of snow and the river sometimes freezes, so we want to be sure they have something to eat.

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