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.

Monday, 27 February 2017

News Update on Tag10 in Orkney

Hi all.

Have confirmation that Tag10 has been seen in Orkney all on his own. It will be interesting to see if and when he decides he is in the wrong country and moves to Denmark where the others are.

Thanks to the Observer in Orkney who has confirmed this and supplied a picture of our bird. I don't know his name but I believe he is an RSPB chap. All credit to him.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Latest spring movement news 21 February 2017

I managed to locate Tags 27 & 29 yesterday near Wester Lochgreen Farm around midday.

In total there was a small flock of 12 birds but due to their secretive nature I was unable to read any collars to see if their two young were within the flock.

Imagine my surprise on getting an email from Carl Mitchell am today to say that they left us probably sometime late yesterday as they have now turned up in Denmark (see below)

You will note that our bird Tag10 is showing up as still in Orkney so interesting now to see when he moves to catch up with his friends. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Update Information on Spring Migration

Information has come in that Tag10 one of last years birds has reached Orkney with the others but did not return south with Tags 27 & 29.

Tags 27 & 29 are still on the plateau today but not seen despite searching the last known locality.

It is thought that most birds have gone to Denmark but no confirmation of that has been received to date.

We are not sure if the two juveniles returned with their parents to Slamannan or perhaps are still in Orkney or lost during the flight over the north sea and Orkney.

Perhaps Simon in Norway may get a sighting and let us know when they reach the Glomma River in late March/early April.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Breaking News Saturday 11 February 2017

Well you won't believe it. Tag27 has now returned to Slamannan and probably accompanied with it's mate Tag29 and hopefully their family.

The flight line from Caithness would seem to indicate they flew directly south over the Cairngorms

Satellite information this morning indicates they are in fields NE of Oakersdyke Farm.

Hopefully they will now wait for a decent weather window before attempting their spring flight to Denmark.

Friday, 10 February 2017

News Update on Bean Geese Spring Movement

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 ( and click on migration link for spring 2017

Tag29 Location

Monday, 6 February 2017

News update special 6 February 2017

Arrived on the plateau around 1000 this morning and found a large flock of 209 Pinkfeet and 140 Bean Geese.

Suddenly I received a message from Larry Griffin (WWT) that Tag27 had flown over the Isle of May this morning around 0930.

See map below.

It is more than likely that its mate Tag29 is with it and some others  including their 2 juveniles.

More to follow as the migration progresses.

Friday, 20 January 2017

News Update 20 January 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.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

News Update 7 January 2017

Some good news to report that a visitor on his way through central Scotland has managed to record a total flock size of 236 which is the highest count this winter so far.

The birds were seen north west of Slamannan in two flocks and the viewer thought there may be more birds than that.

I have been out today after a NewYear holiday in mid Wales.

Poor visibility in the morning with visibility as low as 100m made looking for birds difficult but thanks to our GPS collared birds I was able to guess where to look.

I managed to find a flock of c100 birds in the same area as before but was unable to find further flocks today to confirm that we have had an influx of birds during the past two weeks.