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Old Tuesday 17th September 2019, 15:57   #1
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Strange goose behaviour.

Can anyone throw any light the following bird behaviour? Visiting the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Slimbridge, Gloucesteshire last week I saw a Graylag goose wandering around on its own carrying a 35cm twig in its beak. It had balanced the stick in a way a dog would with its beak right in the centre. At one time it dropped the stick; then picked it up at one end and carefully positioned the stick until it was safely balanced again. After a while it walked down to the edge of a shallow pool and I left it busily washing 'its' stick in the water. I was unable to photograph the goose as I was facing the sun. It's well past the breeding season and the goose seemed to be completely on its own and totally engrossed in its mission. Any ideas will be most welcome.
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I've seen quite a few birds do this but I don't really know why. Perhaps someone will ring in with some suggestions.

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