Friday, 15 September 2017

Latest update on Slamannan bean geese in Norway

Simon Rix has been out busy monitoring our bean geese in his local area around the Glomma River NE of Oslo.

He has seen 136 birds and been able to read some collars and even managed to identify some juveniles.

Our pair Tags 27/29 appear to have raised a brood of two again this year but only a few other juveniles appear to be present.

His blog site is worth visiting to update yourself with the 'action' and photographs, (

I attach below a photograph taken recently in Norway of our birds courtesy of Simon.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

News from Sweden on UCOL27 and UCOL29

Today news has come in that bean goose UCOL27 is alive and well with her collar transmitter fully charged up and letting us know that she is well with her mate UCOL29 alongside.

Information is being downloaded as we speak and it may give us a clue whether they have bred this year.

Great news indeed that the collars are still functioning.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

News Update 5 April 2017

It has been a truly remarkable spring migration for our bean geese this year.

I recommend that you visit the bean goose website to see the story unfold as it happened.


Our thanks to Carl Mitchell of WWT for his work in bringing all of this information into the public domain.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

News Update from Simon in Norway

Simon has been out looking at the bean geese and reports that the flock size has reached 129.

Many of our birds with collars are present and Simon has taken some good shots of them and supplied information on his thoughts of what he is seeing.

Well worth to have a look at his blog ( to look at the birds and pictures of where the birds are at present.

We are indebted to him for his enthusiasm and excellent fieldwork/photography.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

News update on Tag30 12 March 2017

Tag30 and possibly others have now arrived in the Glomma River area NE of Oslo.

This is one of their traditional sites that the stop off before moving north to breed in Dalarna County Sweden.

I would expect that Simon Rix the Oslo birder will soon be on the trail of these birds and put some photographs and information up on his website (

Sunday, 5 March 2017

News Update Sunday 5 March 2017

Another twist in the tale of this years spring migration. Tags 27 & 29 have returned to Pandrup Denmark after a jaunt across the sea to Sweden.

The weather conditions on their arrival were probably not to their liking and thought it better to return to pastures greener.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

News Update on Spring Migration 2017

Great news today was that Tag10 that has been on Orkney on his own has travelled via south Norway and navigated his way to Pandrup in Denmark to catch up with the rest of the flock. However Tag27 and more than likely Tag29 and possibly more have already moved north into southern Sweden.

Tag30 has also come back online to show that he was with the others who failed the crossing on the 7th and were blown to Orkney but it managed to make landfall in Denmark.

The bean goose website now shows this movement. Have a look at:

Always something of interest these days into the travels of the Slamannan flock.