Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Recent News on the Bean Geese flock.

I visited the plateau earlier this week and managed to locate two groups of birds. Both groups were located to the north of Slamannan, one of c60 birds and a smaller group of c24 birds.

The bean geese continue to feed far and wide within the study area utilising the available grassland pastures.
It has been noted recently that some birds are feeding in amongst the juncus in some fields and not venturing into the open. It is almost like they are aware that if they stay hidden from view they can feed on the grass that is available without being disturbed.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

9th January 2014 Update on the Bean Goose flock

A visit to the Slamannan Plateau today found three groups of bean geese totaling 211 birds.

This is the highest count of bean geese for some time and it is nice to see that they are all looking well and surviving the winter gales and rain.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Early January update

Strong winds and heavy rain has made recording of the bean goose flock difficult in the past week.

However a run around part of the plateau today found three separate groups of birds. A small one of 8 birds nr Bandominie Farm. A larger group of 59 nr Fannyside and one of 34 birds at Wester Jaw.

Light was poor and I was unable to read any collars yet again.