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Friday, 20 December 2013
Brandenburg, Germany
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Greylag Goose

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Please help me to retrace the route of the migrating greylag goose. Bring it to the north of Africa, not crossing the equator, and then back up again to northern Germany or southern Finland!

Bitte helft mir, die Zugroute der Graugans nachzuvollziehen! Schickt sie nach Nordafrika und von dort dann wieder zurück nach Norddeutschland oder Südfinnland!

One of the most common migrating birds of Europe, the greylag goose doesn't always fly south. If the weather stays warm enough, they may even remain at their breeding places over winter. If they do migrate they gather in big swarms and fly in the v-formation typical for so many migrating birds. Their way leads them from northern or central Europe south towards the north of Africa, often Tunisia or Algeria. Their name greylag goose comes from the fact that they supposedly tend to be the last migrating birds to leave for the south, therefore "lagging behind" the others, or so Wikipedia tells me. 


Eine der häufigsten Gänsearten Deutschlands, die Graugänse, fliegen nicht immer unbedingt nach Süden. Wenn es warm genug bleibt, überwintern sie manchmal auch in ihren Brutgebieten. Wenn sie aber doch ziehen, dann sammeln sie sich in großen Schwärmen und fliegen dann in der für Zugvögel so typischen V-Formation. Ihre Route führt sie meist von Nord- oder Mitteleuropa nach Nordafrika, zum Beispiel Algerien oder Tunesien. 


About This Item


You seek the distance 
seek to roam 


Fly safely 
until your return 
in spring


I grew up in northern Germany, where each year spring and autumn would be marked by the cries of the returning or leaving migrating birds like the greylag goose or the common crane. I have always loved them and the strange melancholy of the journeys they and so many other migrating birds make each year. For me they represent the yearning for another, far-away place, but at the same time a deep-seated desire to always, always return home.

With this project I want to send off different migrating birds and try to retrace their approximate routes with the help of other geocachers!


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Tracking History (1469.8mi) View Map

Mark Missing 09/10/2014 lufluf marked it as missing   Visit Log

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Write note 07/25/2014 ravencoat posted a note for it   Visit Log

ohjeh, wo ist denn meine Gans geblieben?

oh dear, where is my goose?

Dropped Off 05/31/2014 pasra placed it in Stille Orte #1: St. Wolfgang Luzern, Switzerland - 59.07 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 05/25/2014 pasra retrieved it from Hier entlang - This way Thurgau, Switzerland   Visit Log

Und weiter geht die Reise.

Dropped Off 05/18/2014 Schnueffy placed it in Hier entlang - This way Thurgau, Switzerland - 15.76 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/17/2014 Schnueffy took it to Halloween 2013 : fang die Hexe Thurgau, Switzerland - 6.12 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/10/2014 Schnueffy took it to MEGA Switzerland - meeting friends 2014 Thurgau, Switzerland - 14.76 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/06/2014 Schnueffy took it to Meet the Pilgrim - Triff die Pilger Zürich, Switzerland - 14.72 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/04/2014 Schnueffy took it to MEGA Switzerland 2014 - Letterbox Thurgau, Switzerland - 15.19 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/03/2014 Schnueffy took it to pgmm # 12 - METAL HEART Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 11.34 miles  Visit Log
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