Anser anser

Status:  No accepted records.

Taxonomy: Two subspecies in Eurasian range.

Comments:  Individuals and small groups are occasionally reported in Nebraska that are almost certainly park or farmyard strays, although the last survivor of a flock of 12 in Fremont, Dodge Co for 6-7 years was photographed 7 May 2019. One was in Cass Co and Sarpy Co 29-30 Mar 2012, a group using N.P. Dodge Park, Omaha, Douglas Co 19 Feb 2016 was described as “a gift from the Humane Society”. Two at Lakeside Park, Douglas Co 13 Jan 2017 were described as “resident” there.  Natural vagrancy to the Interior is highly unlikely. There are only five North American records deemed likely natural vagrants, three from maritime Canada, and one each from Quebec and Connecticut (Howell et al 2014).


Photograph (top) of a Graylag Geese at Crystal Springs Park, Jefferson Co 18 Oct 2018 by Joel G. Jorgensen.

Literature Cited

Howell, S.N.G., I. Lewington, and W. Russell. 2014. Rare birds of North America. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, New Jersey.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2019.  Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Version 1.0.  In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org

Birds of Nebraska – Online