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.
The bean geese that moved the other day have now turned up on Orkney and then moved to Caithness (see map below) which is not surprising given the wind direction on the original day of travel. See map below with the wind pattern in the north sea.
For full flight data look at bean goose website (scotlandsbeangeese.wikispaces.com) and click on migration link for spring 2017
During the last week I and others have tried to confirm whether our flock size had increased as reported in the last blog.
Unfortunately the increase in birds has not been consolidated with many observations of less than what was reported.
I have spoken with the observer and he has confirmed that his increased total may have been mistaken as some birds were moving back and forward between two field systems and he did not have the time to make further checks before he left the area.
At this time of the year it can be frustrating for observers of the bean goose flock as they rarely join up together in one flock so that total flock numbers can be observed. Instead they split up in separate groups and some of them cannot be located easily because of the topography of the area.
Further efforts will be undertaken in the next week or so to see if any increase has taken place.