Wednesday, 30 March 2016

News Update on the Slamannan bean geese in Norway

Our group of live tagged birds continue to spend their days and nights on the Glomma River NE of Oslo and surrounding field systems.

Nights seem to be spent on one particular spot on the river which I think is a sandbank which becomes exposed when the tidal flow lowers allowing the birds a safe place to roost.

They also seem to explore areas at the river bank which probably indicates feeding taking place in the shallow waters at the river side.

Simon has been adding some lovely shots of a Great Crested Grebe who is a dab hand at catching fish. Have a look at his blog if you don't believe me. (

Sunday, 20 March 2016

News Update from Norway

Simon continues to publish pictures of bean geese and other birds he has been looking at in his travels around his home town of Oslo.

Always stimulating to look at his bird pictures and the variety of species seen in his local area.


Thanks Simon for allowing us the pleasure of looking at all the different species and following your journeys.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

New Update on the bean geese flock in Norway

Again we are indebted to Simon Rix (Oslo Birder) who has updated his blog with new pictures of the Scottish flock. (see below)

His total has gone up to 134 birds with some new collars seen.

I attach one picture but there are many more on his blog (

Information from Brosjon Sweden has confirmed another part of our flock have arrived there after being in Denmark. The count there is 142 birds with collars V6, 7T, 7Z, 7Y plus another older solar collar with no markings visible.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

New Update on happenings in Norway (courtesy of Simon)

For some super photographs and stories of what it is like to be a bean goose watcher log into Simons blog for the story plus pictures of what happens when a Sea Eagle turns up. It is fascinating.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

New shots of Bean Geese in Norway courtesy of Simon Rix

For full information about the bean geese in Norway click on

Here is a sample of his photographs recently taken:

Monday, 14 March 2016

Latest News of the Bean Goose flock 14 March 2016

Our birds have now left Denmark and have moved to their next staging post on the Glomma River NE of Oslo. (See picture below)

Simon Rix has been out and found a flock of c90 birds sitting on a large snow covered field not far from the river. I hope to be able to add a picture soon of their new location.

Tag30 an adult female that was not transmitting information has now come back online and given us information of it's whereabouts in Denmark since 11 Feb. (see picture below)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

New Update of our Bean Geese near Pandrup Denmark 6 March 2016

A visit has been made to monitor our flock in northern Denmark and the good news is that a flock of 229 birds plus a possible other 60 are in residence at present.

They are accompanied by good numbers of Greylag.

Feeding and roosting is taking place on a wide open farm landscape and the pictures below gives you a flavour of what it is like at this time of year.

All pictures are courtesy of Carl Mitchell of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

                                                            Can you spot the flock?

Does this help?

Through a scope. Collared bird 4th from left