I’ll begin with a short post on the Bean Geese which I saw on their breeding grounds on a detour into Sweden. I saw five birds which were clearly not breeding (or perhaps were failed breeders). They included a tagged bird which was why is how I managed to find them in a rather vast area. The birds were feeding in a vegetation rich bay of a larger lake close to a road and houses but unfortunately spooked as I stumbled upon them although I managed a few photos. I saw the birds again in flight about an hour later when their calling gave them away. The tagged bird I saw was tag 10 who I had also seen in Akershus in March and seemed to be paired.
The vast breeding area for this population quite conceivably extends over the border into Norway and I could see Norwegian mountains at the same time as I saw the geese but a far as I know there are no breeding season records from the Norwegian side although the area is not very accessible and little visited.
|Tag 10 (right) with mate|
|and here is Tag 10 on 18 March in Akershus|
|10's mate. When I stumbled upon the birds I just took as many pictures as I could as I sensed from the birds calling that they would soon fly. It was only when looking at the pictures that I saw that I had captured 10|
|I hadn't initially noticed that there were 3 birds much closer to me but they saw me and as you can see from this birds tongue started calling loudly|
|bad shot of all 5 in flight. The neck collar of 10 (2nd from right) is visible|
|this map shows where Tag 10 has been recorded over the 2 days before I saw him. The Star (1) shows exactly where I encountered him. I will show pictures of the other numbered sites below|
|Site 1 - the bay where I saw them. 10 and mate were feeding to the left and the three others to the right|
|the lake is clearly used by fishermen|
|the area where the 3were feeding|
|the marshy area to the left of #2 which has clearly been favoured.|
|the view of site 3 from the forest road|
|and a closer view of site 3. The tag data shows this small pool with much lush vegetation around the sides was frequently used despite being very close to a road and house|
|Looking out towards #4 and the mountains in hte background are in Norway (Whooper Swans on the right)|
|the five geese flying in front of #4. Tag 10 is on the left|