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It has been wintering here for several years.
A rare winter inhabitant of Moscow – the white-fronted goose – has been spending cold days in the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve for several years. In the Biryulevsky arboretum on the Lower Tsaritsynsky pond, he hibernates with the mallards.
The white-fronted goose appeared at Tsaritsyn Ponds in 2011. Both visitors and employees of the park administration regularly feed it with grain. In summer, the bird can be seen in the company of other geese, which are released to swim with the swans on the Tsaritsyn ponds.
Wintering in Moscow frosts is not a problem for the goose, the main thing is that there is enough food. For the rest, geese, like other members of the duck family, are resistant to low temperatures. The presence of a thick layer of subcutaneous fat and a layer of dry fluff provide good thermal insulation. The plumage of geese is dense, completely waterproof outside. This is facilitated by the abundant water-repellent grease secreted by the coccygeal gland, which is well developed in all ducks.
This year, 8,420 waterfowl remained in the natural territories of Moscow. Most of them are mallards (8009 individuals): 3749 ducks and 4260 drakes. Also, 250 black-headed gulls, 90 ogars, 28 rock gulls, 18 common gogols, 17 crested ducks, four barnacle geese, two snappers, one white-fronted goose and one pintail were seen.
You can feed birds and squirrels in many city parks. About what is better to treat them – inmaterial mos.ru.
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