Nearing Cock Howe, a Bronze Age round barrow on Noon Hill, we disturbed three Greylag Geese grazing on grasses on the moor. After a noisy lap to check us out they headed off north towards Brian’s Pond, happily honking away. Heather moorland is not their usual habitat. They might be in transit heading back north to their breeding grounds in Iceland or then they might some that are permanently resident in Britain.
Greylags are large pink legged geese with characteristic orange beaks. 3,300 years ago they were domesticated from which our common farmyard geese are descended. Which happened to be around the time that the burial mound at Cock Howe was constructed.