Friday, 30 October 2015

News update on the Bean Goose flock

A large flock of 135 birds were found yesterday well away from Luckenburn. They were in a field north west of Slamannan.

They may well use this area for the next day or so. Best place to view is from the Playing field on the Greengairs Road. A telescope is essential as the birds are some distance off.

Trying to approach the flock in this field is not likely to succeed as the birds are very way and will see your approach. The fields also have farming stock in them at present so please stay out. Thanks.

Another group of birds (74) were seen to the west of this area. That gives a new high for this year of 209 birds.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

News Update on our Bean Goose flock

The largest flock of  birds have settled down into a pattern this past week of using the fields at Luckenburn Farm for feeding during daylight hours and returning to roost at the Fannyside Lochs area.

A smaller group of c30 birds have moved elsewhere on the plateau for feeding.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

News Update on Bean Goose flock

A visit to Luckenburn today found a flock of 186 bean Geese.

This confirms that a further group of birds has arrived from Sweden/Denmark.

 Four new collared birds have also arrived. They are: 7X, 7T, and pair (7Y and 7Z )

In total we now have 20 bean geese in the present flock with collars or coloured leg rings.

Still to sort out the pictures taken at the catch on 9 October.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Photo of bird caught this week.

As promised I have commenced to download some pictures of the catch this week.
Below is a male Juvenile caught with his parents and other siblings. More to follow later.

Friday, 9 October 2015

News update on the Taiga Bean Goose flock at Slamannan

Seven bean geese were caught this morning at 0800hrs by a small team from WWT.

An adult pair and their three juveniles were amongst the catch. Incidentally the only juveniles to be seen in the present flock of 137 birds.

Two other adults were caught with one of them being a retrap from 2012.

I will add some pictures when they are available along with new collar numbers. We now have birds again with live feeds which will help us identify where they are feeding/roosting.

Our present flock have come via Norway and we are now waiting on the others who come south via south Sweden/Denmark.