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barnacle goose

1. a N European goose, Branta leucopsis, that has a black-and-white head and body and grey wings
2. a former name for brent goose
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Wild goose dilemmas: population consequences of individual decisions in Barnacle Geese.
Among barnacle geese, the telomeres thus shorten more quickly in females, which in birds is the sex with two different gender chromosomes.
He said barnacle geese started to winter in numbers at Ynys-hir from the mid 1990s and have been over wintering at the site ever since.
He told us that the geese on the reserve were one of only three major populations of barnacle geese in the world, and that they had recently travelled 2,000 miles south from the summer breeding grounds on Svalbard in the Arctic.
Although there hasn't been a lot of evidence for the theory yet, he notes, his studies of barnacle geese have provided some support.
They are discussing the significance of the whooper swans and barnacle geese making the racket outside.
Above: Barnacle geese get ready to take the plunge by leaving their nest, 400ft above ground level
He begins the story at the very start of life, revealing how young creatures often face huge challenges during their first days, including two-day-old barnacle geese who face a 400ft drop to reach food before they can even fly.
In truth, this is a short stroll of a walk but an hour's circuit with stops for stone-skimming and admiring a large flock of barnacle geese, suited us fine.
This year the project located near Porthmadog will be showing visitors wildlife such as whooper swans, otters, Canada and barnacle geese in their hundreds and birds of prey such as peregrine falcons.
The first Welsh report came with 200 barnacle geese at RSPB Ynys-hir on Sunday.