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Observations / Havaintoja
part 1: Diagrams
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Lemming years in dark / Sopulivuodet tummalla.
Autumn total, Norway.
Autumn juvenils, Norway.
Spring total, Norway.
Spring estimate, western Estonia.
Winter in Hortobagy, Hungary.
Unkarin Hortobagyssa talvella.
Spring, Oulu area, Finland. Oulun seudun keväthavainnot.
part 2: Details / Yksityiskohtia
2007 onwards / alkaen
Recent and older observations of the Lesser White-fronted
Goose in inverse chronolgical order
Viimeaikaisia ja vanhempiakin kiljuhanhihavaintoja
Fjällgåsobservationer i omväd tidsordning
- Observations announced by:
- BL: Bertus de Lange
- EES:E.E.Syroechkovski jr
- EK: Erkki Kellomäki
- CA:Cor van Aart
- GH: Gert Huijzers
- GO:Gerard Ouwenseel
- JM:Jamshid Mansoori
- MT: Maire Toming
- PA: Pentti Alho
- PT: Petteri Tolvanen
- RH:Remco Hofland
- SY: Sergey Yerokhov
- TA: www.piskulka.net
- VM: Vladimir Morozov
- WWF / WWW: WWF Web-info
- ÅA: Åke Andersson
- (Click here
for a map of the Netherlands)
here for Norwegian compiled observations "Piskulka
here for the pages of Tarsiger.com, called "all recent Lesser
white-fronted goose Observations)
- Finnish summaries in green
- Spring in Norway
- 26 May valdak Marshes Finnmark, Norway 11 LWfG pairs and
three single birds so far. TA
- 20 May, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway 10 LWfG pairs and
three single birds so far. TA
- 10 May, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway: The first two
pairs for the spring arrived today! TA
- Spring in Estonia, Finland and Sweden
- 13-14 May, Siikajoki, Säärenperä, Finland: 0
LWfG present. TA
- 11 May, Tahu, Noarootsi, Estonia: A flock 8 LWfG present,
possibly all of them new individuals. TA
- 10 May, Siikajoki, Säärenperä, Finland: So
far totally 9 individuals (8 ad, 1 2cy) on Finnish Bothnian Bay
coast this May. TA
- 5 May, Liminka, Virkkula, Finland: One 2nd-calendar-year
LWfG north of Temmesjoki river mouth. TA
- 3 May, Haeska, Ridala, Estonia: A flock of 11 LWfG present
- 3 May, Siikajoki, Säärenperä, Finland: The
first LWfG for the Finnish Bothnian Bay coast: one adult pair.
- April - 2 May, Läänemaa, Estonia: 13 LWfG
present: simultaneously also the flock of 11 birds in Haeska,
and two more adults at Taebla, Kirimäe. TA
- Winter/spring in Hungary
- 5 April 2007, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary
The flock of 43 LWfG is still present, including the satellite
marked ones and 5 more colour ringed. TA
- Sum of maxima at other (more than 10) sites: 46.
- Winter in Poland
- 20 March 2007, Narew Valley, Poland One LWfG observed at
Kurpiki, in a flock of 30.000 geese (Source: Tomek Kulakowski /
- Winter in Russia
- 16-18 March, 2007, Manych Lake, Kalmykia, LWfG obserevd
four times. At least 99 individuals were observed. TA
- Winter in Syria
- 21 February, 2007, Lake Jabbul, Syria 54 LWfG observed
(Source: Observer Ahmed Abdallah, comm. by Anssi Kullberg by
way of Aki Arkiomaa, via TA ).
- 11 February, 2007, Buhayrat al-Basil, Syria 8 LWfG counted.
The original count produced 18, but recounts reduced the number
of the surely identified individuals into 8. Possibly 10 more
left the lake with some flocks of WfG flying off (Source: Anssi
Kullbergvia TA ). Exists own report (pdf 800KB) by Annsi
- Winter in Greece
- 6 March, 2007, Evros Delta, Greece The large flock (ca
45-49 ind) still present in Evros, including the male Finn. TA
- 3-4 March, 2007, Evros Delta, Greece 49 LWfG observed; the
11 birds since January + 38 new arrivals. The satellite marked
pair among the 11 group, additionally four color ringed birds
in the 38 flock. TA.
- 20-21 February, 2007, Evros Delta, Greece The main flock up
to 38 LWfG (Source: Eleni Makriyanni via TA.).
- 2 -20 January, 2007, Evros Delta, Greece Since 1 January,
total 11 LWfG (Source: Didier Vangeluwevia TA).
- December in Hungary and Greece
- 29 December, 2006, Greece 9 LWfG at Evros Delta. Also the
Nestos Delta and Lake Ismarida area were surveyed, but no geese
observed there. Intensive hunting was recorded around the Lake
Ismarida, that is known as a staging site of the LWfG (Source:
Didier Vangeluwe and Eleni Makriyanni/Evros and Maria
Panayotopoulou/Nestos and Ismarida by way of Yannis Tsougrakis
- 28 December, 2006, Evros Delta, Greece 9 LWfG present,
including the pair (Finn and Nieida) with the satellite
transmitters (Source: Didier Vangeluwe via TA).
- 21 December, 2006, Lake Tisza area, Hungary 1 adult LWfG
(Source: T. Zalai, comm. by János Tar via TA ).
- 21 December, 2006, Greece 31 LWfG still present at Lake
Kerkini, including the pair with transmitters. (Source:
Thodoros Naziridis/Kerkini and Eleni Makriyanni/Evros by way of
Yannis Tsougrakis via TA ).
- 6 -22 December, 2006, Hungary Altogether 6 adult LWfG
observed at three different sites: 2 at Viragoskut fishpond,
Hortobágy (obs. János Tar); 2 at Elep fishpond
(obs A. Szilagyi); 2 at Biharugra (obs. G. Simai) (Source:
János Tar via TA ).
- Autumn in Greece
- 28 November, 2006, Lake Kerkini, Greece 42 Lessers
observed. The two antennas were seen again. At least 4 birds in
the large flock were juveniles (Source: LWfG Life project
- 1 November, 2006, Lake Kerkini, Greece 20 lesser
white-fronted geese were oberved in the mouth of the river at
Lake Kerkini (Birdlife IBA GR020») by Thodoros Naziridis.
(Source: Yannis Tsougrakis via TA ).
- Autumn in Hungary
- Other Hungarian sites total: 5+1+1
- 24-27 October, 2006, Hortobágy, Hungary A flock of
22 LWfG observed in the evening at Kondás
(Hortobágyi-halastó) (Source: János Tar
via TA ).
- 21 September, -2. Oct 2006, Hortobágy, Hungary. A
flock of 19 birds (12 ad. + 7 juv.) at Kondás
(Hortobágyi-halastó) in the morning. (Source:
János Tar v).
- Autumn in Estonia
- 28 September, 2006, Tartumaa, Puhja, Tännassilma,
Estonia One unringed adult LWfG in a large flock of other
geese. (Source: Risto Karvonen & Heikki Holmström via
- 22 September, 2006, Noarootsi, Silma Nature Reserve,
Estonia. An adult pair at Tahu. (Source: Risto Karvonen &
Heikki Holmström via TA ).
- Autumn in Germany and
- 5-7 November, 2006, Lake Zicksee, Neusiedler See/Seewinkel,
Austria Two adult LWfG present, obviously a pair
(Source: Johannes Laber via TA).
- 22 September, 2006, Altfriedland fish ponds, Eastern
Brandenburg , Germany 11 Lesser White-fronts (5 ad 6
juv: 2 ad with 4 juv, 1 ad with 2 juv, 1 ad pair). All
unringed. This is the most important site for Lesser
White-fronts of wild origin in Germany with lots of
observations during the last years. The present record is the
highest ever count for the state Brandenburg! (Source: S. Fahl
& M. Fiddicke communicated by Thomas Heinicke ).
- Autumn in Norway
- Varanger Fjord, Norway. No LWfG seen this year. (Source:
Jyrki Pynnönen via TA.).
- 21 August, 2006, Valdak Marshes, Norway One flock with
totally 43 LWfG was seen at the Valdak Marshes in the evening.
The flock consisted of 20 adults and 23 juveniles. TA.
- Spring in Norway
- 03 June, 2006, Valdak Marshes, Norway Totally 16 pairs, one
single adult and at least five 2cy birds have been observed at
the marshes. Maximum number observed today was 6 birds TA
- 15 May, 2006, Sirbma, Tana River Valley, Norway One
unringed 2cy LWfG present in the morning (Source: Pekka Komi
& Markku O. Saarinen via TA.).
- 12 May, 2006, Valdak Marshes, Two pairs TA.
- Spring in Estonia, Finland and Sweden
- 14 May, 2006, Siikajoki, Säärenperä,
Finland. It seems (before final conclusions made from video
recordings) that total number at Sääri in spring
2006 was 8 ind. (consisting of 4 pairs, all adults). M
(Source: LWfG Life project team).
- 13 May, 2006, SE Finland Two observations of one (possibly
same?) single LWfG from SE Finland. The bird was seen in
Virolahti, Harvaja, Finland 1 migrating NE at 05:35 (Obs:
Markus Lampinen & et al., Source: Lintutiedotus) and then
seen in Kesälahti Särkivaara, migrating N at 07:50
(Obs: Petri Hottola, Source: Lintutiedotus).
- 11 May, 2006, Salme, Rahuste, Estonia One LWfG migrating.
The bird was seen in a large flock of Barnacle Goose; this plus
the fact that the site (on SW part of the Saaremaa island) is
situated quite much W of the regular sites of the wild LWfG,
points towards swedish reintro origin.
- 11 May, 2006, Ridala, Haeska, Estonia 14 LWfG present
(Source: Maire Toming via TA.).
- 10-11 May, 2006, Siikajoki, Säärenperä,
Finland 6 LWfG present (Source: Aappo Luukkonen via TA.).
- 7 May, 2006, Vitskärsudden, Obbola, Västerbotten,
Sweden One adult LWfG together with 8 Bean Geese and 1
Pink-footed Goose, came on migration from E, continued towards
north and the Ume River Delta (Source: Per Hansson, Ume River
Delta Field Station and SLU-Umeå). - It could probably be
the same bird that was seen migrating north with 8 Bean Geese
at Pyhäjoki, Parhalahti on 29 April (and observed shortly
also in the Liminganlahti area, Finland, some days later);
possibly of Swedish reintroduction origin.
- 6 -9 May, 2006, Siikajoki, Säärenperä,
Finland 2 ad, the first for this spring (Source: Aappo
Luukkonen via TA.).
- 5-6 May, 2006, Ridala, Haeska, 2 individuals have probably
left for migration. (Source: Heikki Holmström via TA.).
- 29 April, 2006, Pyhäjoki, Parhalahti, Finland One LWfG
migrating north in a flock of eight Bean Geese at 09:00
(Source: Reijo Kylmänen & Petri Lampila /
- 24-28 April, 2006, Ridala, Haeska. Flock of 27 LWfG.
Two colour ringed [the ring read from above] (Red-White left
leg - which was ringed at the Valdak Marshes in spring 2002.
White-yellow left leg: not observed since January 2005.
(Source: WWF Finland LWfG working group via TA.).
- 23-25 April, 2006, Mustasaari Finland One adult LWfG
- 21 April, 2006, Valmaotsa, Tartumaa, Estonia One 2cy LWfG
observed (Source: Uku Paal & Riho Kinks ).
- Spring in Hungary
- 8 April 2006, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary
28 LWfG observed (Source: Emri T. - Zöld B. -
Futó R.- Lisztes A.... /www.birding.hu).
- 3+3+2 observed at other locations.
- Winter (jan-feb) in Hungary
- 3+3+1+3 observed at various locations.
- Winter in Greece
- 21-27 February 2006, Evros Delta Up to 37 individuals
including at least two 2cy were seen at Dimitriades area. One
colour ring read: Orange yellow right leg. (Source: Eleni
Makrigianni via TA.).
- 19 February 2006, Evros Delta, Greece The flock was
relocated in the same spot as it was seen at in mid January.
There were 32 individuals including at least 3 first-winter but
they were in high grasses and so very difficult to see. Three
of them wore colour rings: orange/yellow right, red/white left
and black/red left (Source: Didier Vangeluwe).
- 17. jan - 18. feb No observations of LWfG. The core areas
at Evros are frozen. For a short period the hunting was banned
at Evros due to total frost. No snow, but extreme low
temperatures, strong winds. Geese have flooded Greece and have
been reported from several places like islands and even
southern areas like north Peloponnisos. Intensive hunting
and/or poaching. So far all the LWfG reports (including North
East Aegean islands) are negative. (Source: Yannis Tsougrakis
- 10-11 January 2006, Evros Delta, Greece 40 LWfG were
seen in the same area as last winter. There were 7 goslings in
the flock, and four birds had colour rings (Source: Didier
- Winter in Austria
- 11 February 2006, Lake Neusiedl, Austria 2ad LWfG in one
flock and 1juv (1st Winter) in another flock of White-fronts.
The juvenile was not with the 2ad (Source: Dr. Johannes Laber
by way of Petteri Tolvanen via TA.).
- 11 February 2006, Burgenland, Austria 3 LWfG observed
- 14 January 2006, Lake Neusiedl, Austria Six adults among
the white-fronts (Source: Dr. Johannes Laber by way of Petteri
Tolvanen via TA ).
- Winter in Poland
- 14 January 2006, Poland Two wintering Lesser White-fronted
Geese were watched at a short distance near Rus (Biebrza
Valley) (Source: Tomek Kulakowski by way of Yannis Tsougrakis
- December in Hungary and Greece TA.
- 2-10 December, Pusztaszer, Csongrád, Hungary 9 LWfG
were observed in the Büdös-széki puszta area
- Other Hungarian observations sum 5
- Evros Delta, Greece 38 LWfG were observed, of which five
birds had colour rings (Source: Yannis Tsougrakis via TA.).
- Lake Kerkini, Greece 30 LWfG were observed of which 25
adults and one juvenile. Four birds were not aged (It is likely
that they also were juveniles but it couldn't be confirmed).
Observation conditions were not good enough for reading colour
rings (Source: Thodoros Naziridis, conveyed by Yannis
Tsougrakis via TA.).
- October-November, Hungary &endash; from the web site
www.birding.hu and piskulka page
- Hortobágy, Hungary 20 birds was also seen today in
the Hortobágy Halasto fish ponds.
- Other observations of up to 3 birds, sum 29.
- Autumn Japan TA.
- November, Japan There have been more than usual Lesser
White-fronted Geese in Japan this winter with a flock of 44-45
at one locality in the north and several other smaller groups
and records as far south as the southern islands (Source: Mark
Brazil by way of email@example.com).
- Autumn Greece TA.
- 6-13 November, Evros Delta, Greece 9 LWfG were
observed, of which one ringed individual had its steel ring
read by telescope by Petros Platis (wildlife ecologist of
Hunting Federation of Macedonia & Thrace) (Source: Christos
- 1-29 November, Lake Kerkini, Greece 30 LWfG were
observed together with 10 WfG (Source: Thodoros Naziridis,
conveyed by Yannis Tsougrakis via TA.).
- Autumn in Poland
(November 02, 2005)
- This year seems to be special for this species because
we've already had 10-13 individuals including a flock of
6 with 3 juv rarely seen these days compared to 1-2 in previous
years. I had a close look at 7 of them and they were
definitaly not ringed. The area is called Barycz River
Valley and is situated in the south-west part of Poland in
Lower Silesia. It's famous for its fish-ponds and the reserve
called 'Stawy Milickie' - Milicz fish-ponds
- Autumn in Estonia TA.
- 05 October 2005, Haeska, Ridala, Estonia Today 2
adult Lesser White-fronted Geese in a mixed flock of other
geese. The birds were obviously a pair without young. It was
not possible to identify if the birds were ringed .The birds
were amongst the Anser geese and were not associated with the
barnacle geese, so probably the two birds belong to the
original population. (Source: Margit Nöhrer and Helga
Loschy from Austria, conveyed by Maire Toming via TA.).
- Autumn in Norway TA.
- 6 September 2005, Valdak Marshes, Porsanger, Norway
SUMMARY Altogether 32 LWfG staging in the area,
of which 16 juveniles. This confirmes that the breeding
success in 2005 has been relatively bad. (Source: NOF LWfG
- 27 August 2005, Valdak Marshes. No Lesser white-fronted
geese have been seen since 21 August. The reason can partly be
attributed to a poacher that was hunting harbour seals within
the nature reserve. (Source: NOF LWfG project).
- 21 August 2005, Valdak Marshes, Autumn staging period
started. 25 (9 ad. + 16 juveniles) (Source: NOF LWfG project).
- Spring in Norway TA.
- 25 May, Valdak Marshes, Totally 29 LWfG seen today.
Five birds with colour rings. Three second calendar year birds
seen. (Source: NOF LWfG project).
- May 13 , Porsanger, The first LWfG pair arrived in the
morning at the Valdak Marshes. (Source: NOF LWfG project)
- Spring in Finland Net info B Updated May 16.
- Kevään kiljuhanhihavainnot
Bongariliiton verkosta. Oulun seudun yhteismäärä
Lisäksi yksi lintu Eurajoella huhtikuun alussa
- May 13 , Säärenperä :7 LWfG still present.
One of them was ringed at the Valdak Marshes, May 2002. There
has also been seen (in addition to this flock) one LWfG of
unknown age in Liminganlahti area, in a flock of Pink-feet, and
it is possibly a new individual (the 8th one for Oulu region
this spring). (Source: Petteri Tolvanen / WWF Finland LWfG
- Apr. 1-4 Eurajoki. Yksi renkaaton
kiljuhanhi oleili pelloilla metsä-, meri-, kanadanhanhien
sekä joutsen joukossa. Linnun löysi Esko ja Tarja
Roström. One ad. Staging on field in Eurajoki,
Western Finland in company of A. anser, B. canadensis
and C. cygnus. B
- Spring Estonia
- A preliminary estimate of the number of staging LWfG in
Estonia this spring was: minimum 24 - maximum 29
individuals in the period 19 April - 6 May; of these only one
2cy. The Haeska flock (14 ind.) left in the evening (21:30) on
6 May (and was present until that), so the observations (3 May,
5-6 May) were different individuals (Source: WWF Finland LWfG
project). Kevään kokonaisarvio
Virosta on 24-29 yksilöä.
- Spring Hungary
- April17, Hortobágy, Hungary One LWfG was
observed in Hortobágy-Halastó, Hajdú-Bihar
by Berényi Zsombor, BécsyLászló,
Horváth... (source: www.birding.hu ).
- April 14, Hortobágy, Hungary 35 LWfG
was observed in Hortobágy-Halastó,
Hajdú-Bihar by Ifj. Oláh János, Ecsedi
Z.,Szûcs Lóri (source: www.birding.hu ).
- Winter 2004-2005 in the Netherlands.
- Talven havainnot Alankomaissa. Paras
päiväsumma pohjoisessa oli oman retkikuntamme 62
yksilöä lokakuun 25. päivänä
Anjumissa. Etelässä tehtiin koko talven ennätys
70 laskemalla yhteen Strijenin 51 ja Korendijkin 19 lintua
vuoden vaihteessa. Compiled by BL, tanslation LK.
Please, check the list behind
this link (Word) or
this link(html) for
- Anjum , de Kolken and around Tibma (Thank You,
- 2004: Oct 1 first 8 exx, then numbers rising to Oct
14-10 : 21 exx , Oct 18-10 : 53 exx. The maximum was 62 exx
on Oct 25, observed by a group of Finns. The latest fall
observation was Nov 11 28 exx local.
- 2005: During mid winter the Anjum area was more or less
"empty" ( 2 birds on Feb 4); only beginning in March the
numbers started to rise again: 11 exx on Mar 13 up to a
maximum of 19 birds on Mar 19, and then down again.
- Oude Land van Strijen
- 2004: First in Het Oude Land were seen on Nov 1, and
immediately 20 exx ! On Nov 7 the number had risen to 33 exx
. (At Anjum still 28 exx were local on 11 November). These
33 were about to be come the maximum, until "suudenly" on
Dec 30 a total of 51 birds were counted! since the general
opinion (based on ring readings) is, that there is no
exchange of birds between Het Oude land and Korendijk, where
at this time a maximum of 19 exx were sitting (see
Korendijk). Is fo, then in mid winter 70 LWfG were
staying in SW Netherlands!
- 2005: Because of the migration of LWfG in direction
Petten (see there) and Hardinxveld-Giessendam the progress
of the numbers at Strijen is difficult to determine (and
this is an understatement!) In any case there were 36 birds
present on Jan 2. One week later still 34 amd then less
again. Feb 23 no more than 24 were staying in the polder at
Oude Land .
- Korendijkse Slikken / Westerse Laagjes
- 2004: Here appear 4 LWfG on 28 Nov, and their number
rose to 19 exx on Dec 19. At the time of 51 birds in het
Oude Land ( 30 december) 17 - 18 exx were sitting at
Korendijk. The only LWfG at the Westerse Laagjes (on 12
december) got a lot of publicitysince it was the first
observation of a Finnish one! (therefore named Finni!). On
29 I heard while observing 17 LWfG at Korendijkse Slikken,
that Finni had also been seen at Den Bommel! Later in winter
Finni was also seen at Walcheren .....
- 2005: The general picture at Korendijk stayed unchangend
in mid winter: during the whole period, 19 birds were
present. On Mar 5 their number had fallen to 9 , but after
the sudden "cow-invasion" in the beginning of March, their
number jumped to 17 on Mar 1. Of later events I have no
- 2004: Petten seemed to have lost in importance for the
LWfG. I have only 2 observations, 2 exx on Nov 27 and 5 exx
on Dec 12.
- 2005: And that was all a false idea!: On Jan 17 LWfG
were staying in in de polder behind Putten, and the flock
was growing until it reached 32 on Feb 4! Here, the birds
were easy to observe and a lot of (known) rings could be
read. (Among them Finni!). The last remarkable number here
was 15 exx on Mar 14.
- Other observations (day-month)
- 9-10 Breskens , 1 bird
- 31-10 Schiermonnikoog , 1 bird
- 11-11 Tholen , 1 bird
- 14-11 Friesland Buitendijks , 3 bird s
- 15-11 Doesburg , 1 bird
- 27-11 Tienhoven , 2 bird s
- 30-11 Kampereiland , 9 birds (!!)
- 4 -12 Bethunepolder , 1 bird
- 6-12 Ferwoude , 1 bird
- 13-12 Fochteloerveen , 1 bird
- 19-12 Stevensweert , 1 bird
- 28-12 Doniaburen , 2 birds
- 9-1 Amerongen , 1 bird
- 11-1 Workum , 3 birds
- 15-1 Bleskensgraaf , 5 birds
- 13-2 Bilderdam , 1 bird
- Veendam , 1 of 2 birds
- Mijdrecht , 1 bird
- 3-3 Flevopolder , 1 bird
- 14-3 Garrelsweer , 5 birds
- 10-4 Schiermonnikoog , 1 bird
- Beside these "loose" observations, there was the
remarkable appearing of first 14 and later 26 LWfG at
Hardinxveld-Giessendam on Feb 25 and 26. These can well have
been birds from het Oude Land at Strijen.
- Only once, on Feb 16 februari , wee 7 LWfG seen in
polder Biert . These were probably on a short visit from
- Satellite tracking Project.
Russia->Kazakhstan->Azerbaijan->Iraq. SEE 2004!
- Jan. 08 Iran Uroomiyeh Lake 2 LWfG in Islam abad
Wetland exactly south of the lake. Also in between 300 Greylag, I
saw 2 (number updated) LWfG in Bujagh wetland yesterday. Again I
will go to Fereydoun Kenar wetlands complex this week for
mid-winter count, and will inform you of any L.W.F.G. observation.
JM Click here for full
report . Kaksi kiljuhanhea Uroomieh-
järven eteläpuolisilla kosteikoilla ja edellisenä
päivänä kaksi (2) Bujaghin kosteikossa.
presentation by Jamshid Mansoori at Lammi 2005)
- The Netherlands in winter 2004-2005:
- SUMMARY Alkmaaer/Netherlands behind this
Tässä on linkki Alankomaiden
Alkmaaerin alueen kiljuhanhihavaintoihin.
- Dec 30 Netherlands 51 LWG's near Strijen, 17 near
Petten and 17 near Goudswaard. That makes 75 total. GO
- Dec 27 Netherlands Finny is still here. Stad aan het
Haringvliet, Zuid-Holland, Nederland. [43-24-42] between 3000
Branta leucopsis. This LWfG had Finny's rings. CA
- Dec 12 Netherlands I am living in the south-western
part of the Netherlands, about 30 km south-west of Rotterdam on
the island the Hoeksche Waard. In winter time our area has a good
reputation for LWfG. There are two areas, the best spot is Het
Oude Land van Strijen in the centre and the Korendijksche Slikken
(KS) at the south-west end. I live near the latter. Here the
KS and several other areas nearby are the wintering area for many
thousands of Barnacle Geese. Same was last Sunday, it was at
the Westerse Laagjes, close to the KS. Here a I found a juvenile
LWfG with a unknown colour ring combination. Enclosed some
pictures I took. Does the bird belong to the Finnish project?
LWFG was released in Finland this year. Was given the name "Finny" by the
discoverer.) ------ I was lucky, because I found it quite
easily near the road at the edge of a group of 8000 Barnacles. Due
to the unknown ring-combination I was extra alert and eager to
take some pictures, though the light was poor because of the early
morning and fog. I am extra glad, knowing now what it means
for you and your friends. GH Lappiin
kesällä 2004 valkoposkipoikueessa istutettu
kiljuhanhenpoikanen on havaittu Alankomaissa.
Satelliittilähettimellä varustetut emot ovat kateissa.
- Sep--Oct. Kazakhstan Kustanai Oblast, North-West
Kazakhstan. The first LWFG were registered on Sep. 12-15 at
Kulykol lake, the maximum by September 21-22. On September 23 most
birds left the lake. Table: The number of Lesser White-fronted
Goose and other goose species found between September 28 &endash;
October 8, 2004:
Lesser White-fronted Geese were counted 3 times less
than in 2003 and 11 times less than in 2002. This reflects
environmental conditions at the stopover sites of Lesser
White-fronted Goose and can be used for the comparative
analysis of suitability of each of these lakes. The number of
Lesser White-fronted Geese registered by us (879 birds) makes
1,5% of the total number of all obseved geese. This is the
lowest figure for the last 8 years in autumn in this region, in
the previous years the number ranged from 2,7 to 3,3%.
here for full report .Kiljuhanhien
määrä Kasakstanin syyslaskennassa oli kolmasosa
viimevuotisesta ja alle kymmenesosa vuoden 2002
määrästä. Syynä ovat ilmeisesti
elinympäristöjen muutokset, etenkin järvien
kuivuminen. Kiljuhanhien osuus kaikista hanhista on laskenut
1,5%:iin oltuaan aikaisempina vuosina välillä
2,7--3,3%. Linkin takana on täysi raportti englanniksi.
- Summer/ autumn Norway
- Aug 26 Norway Valdak Marshes, Porsangen Fjord,
27 LWfG staging (Source: T.Aarvak & I.J.Øien).
- Aug 25 Norway Valdak Marshes, Porsangen Fjord,
17 LWfG, 6 young and 11 adults. (Source: T.Aarvak &
- Summer/ autumn Russia
- 20-21 July --> Satellite tracking Project.
Russia->Kazakhstan->Azerbaijan->Iraq. VM has
caught and radio tagged three LWFGs on Polar Ural tundra. Birds
can be followed on
(laitteet ja seuranta:WWF) varustaman kolmen kiljuhanhen
vaiheet. Kaksi (Numerot --65 ja --66) lensi Kazakstaniin. ja
katosi. Kulykol-järvi ei suosiossa. Kolmas ( --77) on
jatkanut Azerbaidstanin kautta Irakiin .
- Selected tracking results:
- The first LWfG started the migration south on Aug. 30
2004, moved southwards in the Ob River and having staged
for some time, arrived in the Kustanay Region in northern
, see Yerokhov's
Report) In November the bird had left Kazakhstan for
Azerbaijan, known to host 5-6000 wintering LWfG. From there
it flew to the corner of Turkey, Iran ans Azerbaijan and -
still in November - to Iraq, where it stayed around Bahghdad
and for mid winter in the Tigris delta. By the end of
March 2005 spring migration started. The bird staged
among other places at Kizlyarskiy Bay in
Dagestan. April 23 the
bird was back in the Kustanay Region. 20.05.2005 the bird
finally came back to the site where it was caught. For the
first time the whole migratory journey of a LWfG has been
mapped. Congratulations to all involved but especially to
Vladimir Morozov who caught the bird and mounted the
satellite transmitter in the Polar Urals during summmer
2004! In August 2005 the transmitter still operates.
- The second LWfG migrated in September via the staging
area in the lower Ob River to Lake Ayke in Aktybinskaya
Region, northern Kazakstan and from there another 75 km
southwest where it was lost in October.
- The third LWfG followed the same route and was lost in
- All in all one of three made it back to the breeding area.
- Summer/ autumn Sweden
- Spring Norway
- 21 May 2004, Valdak 31 LWfG have been identified. Of these
are quite many young birds (2cy), and four birds have colour
leg rings (ringed at this site in earlier years) T.A.
- Spring Finland
- Net info B Updated May 2. Kevään kiljuhanhihavainnot
- May 20 Helsinki Lauttasaari 1 ad
(stayed a short time) hetken p
Kassarin rannassa, lähti v 06:54 ohtmi
- Apr. 20 Hämeenkyrö
Sarkkilanjärvi 3:n metsähanhen seurassa (one
in company ov 3 A.fabalis) N klo
10.3 10:49 sapet
- Apr. 16 Kristiinankaupunki Perus 1 ad
p (on field) Peruksentie 305
pellolla. Löysi Raimo 21:19 korka
- Apr. 12 Kalajoki
Pitkäsenkylä hetken (stayed a short time on
fields) p lähti 9 a fab kanssa N klo
9 09:43 pudse
- Apr. 12 Lohtaja Marinkainen
Kipponpauhan pellot. Lintu juuri muuto 08:27 uusto
- Spring Estonia
- May 03. Estonia Ridala Haeska a22p Haeskan
pelloilla.19:15 tolpe B
- April - May Estonia total This spring we (together
with Finnish WWF working group and birders) have found 26-29
wild lessers staging in Western-Estonia, plus one ind. from the
Swedish farm. The Swedish colour-ringed bird was seen in
Matsalu in May 15 and 16. The exact number of LWfG will be
known after the checking the videotapes. Virossa kevään saldo 26-29
"villiä" ja 1 värirengastettu Ruotsin kantaa. Tarkat
luvut katsotaan myöhemmin videoilta vertaamalla
- April 16. First 1 LWfG on Klooster Fields = eastern
end of Matsalu Bay. (2002 first observation was on Apr 16.,
2003 on Apr 23) Virossa kevään
ensimmäinen. Mika Bruun via WWF / PT
- February: Syria
- A very probable LWF Goose in Syria. Unfortunately in flight
and bad weather conditions. 1 probable ay Jabbul SE S Shore
W134/135 (11.2). Assessment of status: winter visitor, usually
in low numbers but with a significant population on Sabkhat
full report Syyriassa
todennäköinen kiljuhanhihavainto. Alue on aika
tutkimaton. 2004 Syria Wetland Expedition via TA
- Winter: Belgium
- Winter: Netherlands
- Distribution of Lesser White-fronted Geese (A. erythropus)
in the Netherlands this winter is as follows, with [most recent
sighting]: Tämän talven
havaintoyhteenveto Alankomaista Summa noin 80. [viimeisin
havainto hakasulkeissa] . RH/EK/verkko
- - 35 Oude Land van Strijen, Strijen (Zuid-Holland) [late
Dec (joulun maissa)](with a
- maximum of 45 on Nov 15th (maksimi
45 kpl 15.11.2003))
- - 10 Korendijkse Slikken, Goudswaard (Zuid-Holland)[Jan
- - 12 Anjum (Friesland) [Nov 30th(30.11.2003)](usually, these birds
stage at Anjum and then fly to Korendijkse Slikken,
nämä linnut muuttavat tankattuaan keskitalvella
- - 9 adults Polder L, Burgervlotbrug, near Petten
(Noord-Holland)[Dec 31st (31.12.2003)]
- - 2 Zurich (Friesland)[Jan 1st], with also a Black Brant
- nigricans) present
- - 1 1st-winter along Slikweg, Prunjepolder near
Zierikzee (Zeeland)[Dec 31st (31.12.2003) ]
- - 4 Garrelsweer (Groningen), reported only once in late
2003 (vain 1 havainto loppuvuodesta
- - 2 Vinkeveen / Mijdrecht (Utrecht)[Dec (joulukuu)]
- - 1-2 Schiermonnikoog island or opposite N coast of
(Friesland)[Dec (joulukuu) ]
- - 1 Uitdam (Noord-Holland)[Dec? (joulukuu) ?]
- - 3 1st-winters in (Noord-Brabant) [Dec? (uusi alue!, joulukuu) ?]
- Most probably, several unfound/unreported birds are
present in Flevoland;
- Zeeland; Drenthe; along Ijssel river (Overijssel) and in
SE Noord-Brabant /
- N Limburg. Numbers of geese (mostly Greater
White-fronted Goose (A.
- albifrons); in SE Noord-Brabant / N Limburg and Drenthe
also Tundra Bean
- Goose (A. serrirostris) and Taiga Bean Goose (A.
fabalis) can number in the
- 10,000s, while birder densities are low.
- Todennäköisesti useita
lisää Flevolandissa ja muissa mainituissa
paikoissa, joissa on 10 000-määrin muita hanhia ja
- vähän havaitsijoita.
- Winter Greece
- 5 January 2004, Evros Delta, Greece During the first
days of January 2004, 52 Lesser White-fronted Geese including
one with a colour ring (marked at Valdak in 2002) were observed
in the saltmarshes surrounding the Drana Lagoon in the Evros
Delta, Greece. The observation was done through a survey of
wintering LWfG which is supported by the LIFE Nature program
"Restoration and Conservation Management of Drana Lagoon in the
Evros Delta". Didier Vangeluwe TA
- Fall / winter Iran
- Dec14.-15. Iran Uroomiyeh lake Islam abad wetland
(exactly about 20km. south west of the lake). 3 Lesser
White-fronted goose and 97 Greylag goose, 16 Marbled Teal
and 4 Ferruginous Duck. Uroomiyeh-järveltä 20 km pohjoiseen
Islam abadin kosteikolla Iranissa kolme kiljuhanhea
- December Dashte-moghan very north west of Iran, near Aras
river. 7 L.W.F.Goose among a group of Greylag.
Observation by Mr. Khalighizadeh who is helping JM in the
surveys. Dashte-Moghanin kosteikoilla
luoteis-Iranissa 7 kiljuhanhea joulukuussa. (JM)
- November Jamshid Mansoori could arrange three teams
of experts for Lesser White-fronted Goose survey in different
areas. JM has visited three damgahs in Fereydoun Kenar twice
since October and at last I have seen 6 L.W.F. Geese
among a group of 17 White-fronted Geese and many Greylag Geese
in main Fereydoun Kebar Damgah. Also three Siberian Cranes, two
adult and one Juvenile. The other two teams which have visited
Dashte-Moghan and the wetlands of southern Uromiyeh Lake
could not see any Lesser-White-fronted goose.
<firstname.lastname@example.org > Fereydoun
Kenarissa 6 kiljuhanhea lokakuussa. JM
- November Cyprus
- 23 Nov: A new species for the island are 3 adult Lesser
White-fronted Geese at the Akhna Dam on the east of the island.
Present from at least Friday the 21st Nov 03 and still present
today. From: Jeff Gordon <j.gordon@CYTANET.COM.CY>
Kyproksella havaittu maalle uusi laji: 3
- November / Netherlands and Germany.
- October / Netherlands.
- General information: The best place (to see
thousands of geese) is the Anjummer Kolken. To find the lesser
white-fronts , you have to go to a very small place (actually
about 3 or 4 farms) called Tibma . Normally the LWF 's are
grazing in the area around Tibma . Be aware that the geese are
sometimes mixed with white-fronts , but more often they tend to
stay in a seperate group , consisting of only LWF's. This
year, peak numbers have been 61 around 20th October, but
more recently there were reports of 40-45 individuals. Seabirds
in our country are very weather-dependent ( best conditions
with North-West winds) , so you need to be lucky; if the
wind is from the right direction , you can try at Lauwersoog (
by far the best place is Westkapelle , but this is roughly 350
Km to the South........). September-October are the best
months. Pohjois-Hollannin parhaat
kiljuhanhipaikat ovat Anjumin seudulla, etenkin Tibma, joka on
ihan pikkukylä siellä. Tänä syksynä on
ollut parhaimmillaan 61 kikljukasta kerrallaan. Nyt sesonki on
menossa ohi ja linnut siirtyvät
- Autumn Netherlands
- 11-Oct Tibma, westkant Lauwersmeergebied Province:
Friesland : Lesser White-fronted Goose / Dwerggans / Anser
erythropus Date: Coordinates: Observer: Vogellijn/ Jelger
Helder Comments: 32
of Lesser White-front: Hollannissa
ensimmäiset 32 havaittu!
Lisäksi kiljukkaan kuva toiselta sivulta.
tässä: EK / net
- Autumn Sweden:
- Svaipa, At least 8 nests and 20 fledglings are
reported from the Svaipa area this year. Most of the birds are
already in the Netherlands. Årets produktion i Svaipa med
omgivning är ännu något oklar. Vi anser oss ha
fog för att hävda att det var minst 8 kullar med
sammanlagt 20 ungar. Men det kan ha varit ytterligare
någon unge. Flertalet är nu rapporterade från
Holland. Ruotsista Svaipan alueelta on
havainnot ainakin 8 pesinnästä ja 20 poikasesta,
joista useimmat jo onkin havaittu Hollannissa. ÅA
- Autumn Kazakhstan.
- Sep 23 Tomas Aarvark (Norway), Sami Timonen & Aki
Arkiomaa (WWF Finland) came on 23 Sep 2003 to Kulykol Lake in
order to catch Lesser White-fronts by two rocket nets (7x12
meters). They liked to put satellite transmitters on geese.
Tomas Aarvark (Norway), Sami Timonen
& Aki Arkiomaa (WWF Finland) tulivat 23.09.2003
Kulykol-järvelle pyydystämään kahdella
rakettiverkolla (7x12 m) kiljukkaita jotta voisivat
- Sep 14 &endash; 28 Kazakhstan expedition (Kasakstanin tutkimusretki &endash;
14-27.09.2003) Sergey Yerokhov, Nikolai Bereozikov,
Natalia Ripatti observed approx 1.500 A.ery at lake Kulukol.
Here photos and list.
Noin 1.500 kiljuhanhea tavattiin
talvehtimassa Kulukol-järvellä Kasakstanissa.
Kuvat havainnot ovat
- Autumn Hungary
- Sep 22 Hortobagy, 39 LWfG were observed in the
Fishponds. Four were colour ringed (ringed at Valdak, Norway).
- Autumn Russia.
- Sep 7 - 14 Kargopol region, Russia - An important bird area
in NW Russia: A Finnish-Russian Joint-Expedition crewed by Hame
Regional Environment Centre, Finnish Environment Institute and
the Bird Ringing Centre of Moscow visited in Kargopol Region,
Arhangel oblast, continuing inventories in this well-known but
scanty documented Russian IBA-area, important for staging
cranes and geese.Total number of bird species recognised during
the Kargopol Expedition 2003 was 168. Thousands of White-fronts
(Anser albifrons) and Bean Geese (A. fabalis)
were seen daily. The rush of the Brent Goose (Branta
bernicla) and Barnacle Goose (B. leucopsis) began at
the end of research period. Small geese - the size of Lesser
White-fronted Geese (Anser erythropus) - occured very
few. Sorry to find out that shotguns were superior in finding
Lesser White-fronts. In one village were shot totally 31
geese during the hunting season (1-10 May) and 7 of them were
Lesser White-fronts. It was told recently that near the
airport of St. Petersburg (Pulkova) were shot in May 2003 four
(4) geese by a group of foreign hunters. One goose in the bag
was the Lesser White-front. If these two events should be
generalized the Lesser White-front is really easy to shoot or
it is more numerous than we imagined. Unfortunately the first
alternative may be the right one.
Click here for story
in Bulletin. EK
- Syyskuun 7, - 14. KARGOPOL -
tutkimusretkikunta Hämeen ympäristökeskuksesta,
Suomen ympäristökeskuksesta ja Moskovan
Rengastuskeskuksesta teki tutkimustyötä Kargopolin
piirissä, Arkangelin läänissä niukasti
tutkitussa IBA-kohteessa (Tärkeä Lintu Alue).
Tutkimusretkikunta havaitsi maastotyönsä aikana 2003
168 lintulajia. Kargopolin piirissä sijaitsevat hanhien ja
kurkin muuton kannalta pohjoisimmat merkittävän
suuret peltoalueet. Tuhansia tundrahanhia (Anser albifrons) ja metsähanhia (A. fabalis)
nähtiin päivittäin, pääasiassa
lennossa. Sepelhanhen (Branta
bernicla) ja valkoposkihanhen
(B. leucopsis) muuttoryntäys alkoi tutkimusjakson
lopussa. Retkikunta toivoi näkevänsä myös
pieniä hanhia esiintyi hyvin vähän.
Ikävä todeta, että haulikot olivat ylivoimaisia
kiljuhanhien etsinnässä. Eräässä
yhteensä 31 hanhea metsästyskauden (1-10.toukokuuta)
aikana ja 7 niistä oli kiljuhanhia..Aunuksessa toukokuussa pidetyssä
vesilintututkijain kokouksessa kerrotiin, että
lähellä Pietarin lentokenttää (Pulkova) oli
eräs ulkomaalaisten metsästäjien ryhmä
ampunut toukokuussa 2003 neljä (4) hanhea. Yksi hanhista
oli ollut kiljuhanhi. Jos näiden kahden tapauksen
perusteella pitäisi yleistää, kiljuhanhi on
todella helppo ammuttava tai niitä on paljon enemmän
kuin uskommekaan. Ensimmäinen vaihtoehto on valitettavasti
tästä, niin saat koko jutun lehdestämme
- Autumn Norway.
- Aug 31 Norwegian
population of Lesser White-fronts is still going down. On 31
Aug 2003 were recognised at Valdak Marsh only 47 specimen
(27 goslings in seven broods). Few successful pairs. The
brood size is good. More on
site. Norjan kiljukaskanta jatkaa laskuaan. Valdakin
levähdyspaikalla elokuun lopussa vain 44 lintua, joista 27
nuorta lintua (7 poikuetta). Lue lisää Norjan
- 22 August, northern Norway The autumn migration on
LWfG have started. So far have 43 individuals been seen at
Valdak, while seven birds have been seen at Skj?holmen.
- Spring Norway.
- 22 May, Valdak, Norway Totally 30 Lesser
White-fronted Geese have been seen so far at this staging
locality. Of them were five individuals with colour rings. The
most special one was the female Black-Green which has also been
seen in Estonia this spring as well as on several localities in
2002 (see the 2002 observation page). TA
- Spring Estonia.
- April 23. Estonia First 4 LWfG (one with Norwegian
colour ring) on Haeska Fields / Matsalu Bay. (2002 first
observation was on Apr 16.) (WWF) TA
- Spring India.
- April 17. Pradesh, While spending a hot day at Pong
Dam sector Nagrota Surian, I noted a smallish, compact goose
with a white forehead among 116 grazing Bar-headed Geese.
[11 Greylag Geese not far away] I was able to approach it
nicely and observe it for a prolonged time. I noted down in my
notebook while watching the goose: Very dark head and neck,
darkest near to the bill. White fore-head, virtually no white
at the sides of the face next to the bill. White forehead, legs
pinkish to yellowish. Bill pinkish. Breast quite light [very
contrasting with the very dark neck and head], to the side of
the breast two grey stripes and also two dark stripes on the
belly. Over all quite plump, [compact]. steep forehead. When
flying up shows brown upperwings with darker flight-feathers,
white line along the middle of the wing towards the tip of the
wing spreading out in slight lighter colouration of the wing
towards the end. While taking my notes I didn't take notice
of the yellow eye-ring. In retrospect however, after having the
literature back home, I do remember that it did had a yellow
eye-ring. Although I am almost sure that I did see it, it
is a bit tricky not having realised and noticing it actually at
the spot, so we have to confirm this later from the
slides. From: "Jan Willem den Besten"
<email@example.com> via (VM)
- Spring Kazakhstan.
- March 15. Other group of peoples from Almaty, hunting
inspector Nurlan Kikimov including, one week later (15 March)
have met a geese concentration &endash; Greylag (1000-1500) and
White-fronted (some hundreds) up to 350 km to the West from
Almaty at the Tschu river &endash; Andasay point. These two
points - Saz flood lake and Andasay point are located at one
waterfowl flyway. (SY)
- March 9. We confirmed before that some number of
LWFG are spend the wintering period at the inner wetlands of
the Central Asian Republics and in Spring time they are moving
across the Syrdarya river basin (Shoshkakol lakes system) and
far to the North and North-East. An new additional fact
confirm this: 3 specimens of LWFG were observed of
the kazkahstan ornithologists F.Karpov, V. Kovshar and
O.Belyalov at the semi-desert area in the spring flood plane,
joint with the resting flock of Rudy Shelduck (Tadorna
ferruginea) about 100 km. to the West from Almaty sity in 9
March 2003. LWFG,s were resting and feeding. They were observed
about two hours and stayed at the flood plane after the
observers left. Take in account the direction of this local
flyway, LWFG,s can go there perhaps from South Kazakhstan
Region where migrating waterfowl in spring are reach from
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In addition some detail of
this: The LWFG,s were registered at the small spring flood lake
near the Saz railway station in the Kopinskay hollow about
80-90 km to the West from Almaty, co-ordinate 430 35N 750 58E.
- Previous years. Czech
- Anser erythropus is a very rare migrant and/or
winter visitor in the Czech Republic - this situation is the
same for decades. It is a species whose observations have to be
confirmed by the Czech Rarities Committee. In the last 4 years,
there are only 2 records from 2002, 2 records in
2001, and 1 record from 1999 - every time only a
- March 4. Netherlands
- A single Lesser White-fronted Goose at Prunjepolder near
- February-March 2003 Netherlands:
- 24 Lesser White-fronted Geese (Anser erythropus),
two Black Brants (Branta nigricans) and up to 4
Red-breasted Geese (Branta ruficollis) are seen at the
Lauwersmeer area (Groningen/Friesland).
- An estimated 54 individuals are wintering in The
Netherlands this winter - of which more than half are
colour-ringed birds. (BL)
- Januray. China
- Kiinassa havaittu 16.600
kiljuhanhea, 118 prosenttia oletetusta kannasta! Two
teams surveyed a selection of lakes in Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi
and Anhui over a 3-week period in January 2003. The main target
species was Dunlin, but we took the opportunity to count all
waterbirds seen.Despite significant logistical problems and
very foggy weather, we were still able to find 242,000
waterbirds including: 16,600 Lesser White-fronted Goose
(118%!!) Those interested in spreadsheets of the counts,
site-by-site (with dates/coordinates) and estimated coverage of
each lake, should contact me directly
firstname.lastname@example.org - as should those who would like to
discuss the results in more detail.Download "Shorebirds of the
Yellow Sea" from:
(Word and PDF files) Mark Barter
- January -February 2003. Netherlands LWfG are still
around in (very) good numbers! Here are some recent dates and
- -max 5 birds , Anjum / Ferwoude and Makkum , Friesland
- -10 birds at Petten , Noord-Holland
- -max 19 birds at Korendijkse Slikken , Zuid Holland
- -max 26 birds at Strijen , Zuid Hollan
- There are (unconfirmed!) reports of 5 birds at Waterland ,
- and 2 birds at Yerseke , Zeeland.
- January. Iran
- In search of Lesser-white Fronted Goose, I have visited
Fereydoun Kenar last week. I have seen only 3
L.W.F.Geese in flight. The local trapper informed me that
there are more than 9 more in the area, but I could not find
- I think it would be interesting for you to explain a little
about the Fereydoun Kenar. The area is called
Damgah. The method they use it is that a trapper sit in
a hide near the wetland and releases wild Mallards which are
tamed into the wetland. there is a hide ditch between the wet
land and a hidden trap as well. The trapper spread some grains
in the ditch and under the trap. As the tamed Mallards making
noise and start to eat grains, attract the wild Mallards and
bring them under the trap.the man suddenly pull the thread of
trap and catch the wild birds. All the tamed Mallards leave the
trap from a narrow ditch under the trap.
- After I came back to Iran I found out that I should visit
more areas than we have decided in Spain. The L.W.F.Goose is a
migrant bird therefore, in Fereydoun Kenar they stay for a
short period in fact for their refueling. It seems that at
this time we should search for them in the areas in the
south-west of Iran. Also I asked another colleage from Uromiyeh
to visit all the important sites of southern parts of
Uromiyeh lake. I know that those areas are now under
snow and it is unlikely there is no Goose in that areas.
However, I will send you a detail report about the surveys next
month, and I am waiting for telescope. Please send my regards
to all the friends. (JM)
- Autumn Netherlands
- Dec 22 2002: After some severe winter weather with a cold
spell last 2 weeks!) -up to 34 ind at Oude Land van Strijen ,
but not seen since about two weeks now -maximum 8 at
Korendijkse Slikken , at the moment just 1 ! (see above) -8 ind
at Petten , still present at the moment -1 ad(unringed) at
Botshol / Utrecht , found yesterday So , at the moment no birds
in the Northern part of the Netherlands ; will check the
Southern part ( Strijen and Korendijk) next week!----BL
- Oct 24 2002: --- Anjum and Tibma / Friesland , 36 LWfG (
among them at least 10 juv) , in a 'single-species' flock!
There is a report of 40 ind. at the same site last week! Among
the numerous white-fronted and barnacle geese , there was also
an adult red-breasted goose ! ----- BL
- Oct 15 2002:--- Anjum rised to 36 ! Highest ever at this
site! ----- BL/birdline
- Oct c/a 10 2002: ---- 20 ind. near Anjum/Friesland and 2 at
Korendijkse Slikken /Zuid-Holland ----- BL/birdline
- Sep 29 2002: ----16 ind , including 8 juveniles at
Anjum/Friesland. (The first LWFG of the winter-season)----BL
- Autumn Hungary
- Sep 28 2002 Hungary, Hortobagy stop-overing site a total of
33 LWfG observed. Almost a dozen were observed to carry
Norwegian rings. (Rumor via Erkki Kellomäki)
- Summer 2002: The wild LWfG had a good breeding result,
both in Norway and in Sweden.
- In Norway, 69 exx ( ad+ juv ) were observed,
- In Sweden approx. 20 juv . (Rumor via Åke
- Winter Netherlands
- Mar. 16.-17: In Holland some nice spring weather with
temperatures up to 15 degrees C! Still some LWfG around!
- Mar.. 16.-17: 2002 ---- 26 birds at Korendijkse
slikken/Goudswaard ---- BL / birdline
- Mar.. 16.-17 2002 ----13 birds at Anjum/Tibma ---- BL /
- Mar 1.-2. 2002----We were at Anjum(Northern part of the
Netherlands) and saw 11 (unringed) LWFG at a known site near
Tibma/Anjum ; this is an important stop -over in October
-November , and again (when the geese are returning) in
Febuary-March. We were very pleased to find another unringed
LWFG between white-fronts in the same area, and I was really
excited when I phoned the birdline that evening(saturday 2 th
March) . Beside the 12 birds near Anjum , there were still 9
birds at Petten (also a regular site, although I failed to find
any goose there last week) and another 21(!!) birds at
Korendijkse Slikken , in the south-west . This means that there
were 42 LWFG seen in one single day!! The highest single-day
count that I know of ! ----- BL
- Feb 24 2002:--- Petten: no sign of any goose in the whole
area , although they were seen on the regular spot last week!
(Editor's note: The geese were not gone, see March. 1-2)
- Feb 24 2002 --- Anjum , in the far north ----- 15 LWFG were
present this weekend!
- Feb 24 2002 ---- 1 bird at Prunjepolder , Zeeland --- BL
- Feb 22 2002 --- Korendijkse Slikken (southern part of the
Netherlands) --- 1 bird ---- via BL
- Feb.10. 2002 ---- Strijen , -----11 birds ----- birdline BL
- Feb.10. 2002 ----1 bird at Limburg (southern part of the
Netherlands),---- birdline BL
- Feb. 10. 2002 ----1 ad bird (unringed) on the island of
Schiermonnikoog (found by myself), there are very few(if any
!)records from the islands! -----BL
- Feb 2: 2002 ----1 bird with a very obvious , long
white-front , long wingsand obvious eye ring but absolutely no
belly -markings (as in a first winter bird!) , at Ouddorp .
This may well be the Goedereede -bird , because these sites are
close to each other! -----BL
- Feb 2: 2002 ----2 ad , Flevopolder (bird-line-----BL)
- Jan 30: 2002 ---14 birds (1 juvenile , unringed , 13 ad of
which 5 were ringed, I read the codes) , at the regular site at
Petten / Noord-Holland -----BL
- Jan 26:2002----, Mirns , Friesland (internet-site)--- 2
- Jan 25:2002----- at Petten , Noord Holland---- (only) 3
- Jan 24: 2002 ----Goedereede , Zeeland---- 1 ad (birdline)
- Jan 24: 2002 -------Tholen/Stinkgat , Zeeland ---- 1
colour-ringed bird -----(birdline)BL
- Jan 20 2002 ----- Korendijkse Slikken , Zuid-Holland-----
18 ind -----BL
- Jan 24 2002 -----Workum/Friesland NL ----- 1 colour-ringed
bird-----BL (internet site)
- Jan 24 2002 -----near Ferwoude/Friesland NL-----up to 3
birds seen -----BL (internet site)
- Jan 20 2002 ----- Groote Peel , Noord-Brabant NL -----1 ind
with a neck-collar -----BL
- Jan 19 2002 -----Petten , Noord Holland NL 7 ind---BL
- Jan 19 2002 -----Strijen , Zuid-Holland NL 6 ind---- BL
- Jan 7 . 2002 ----- Goedereede (Near Korendijk ) NL----- 1
- Jan 2002 -----Groesbeek (Near Korendijk ) NL----1 ind
- Dec 2001-Jan 2002----Petten , Noord Holland NL----- : first
8 , now(18 Jan '02) 14 birds -----BL
- Dec 2001-Jan 2002---- Flevoland NL--- 1 ind -----BL
- Dec 2001-Jan 2002----Petten , Noord Holland NL----- : first 8
, now (18 Jan '02) 14 birds -----BL
- Dec 2001-Jan 2002---- Flevoland NL--- 1 ind -----BL
- Dec 2001 ----- Strijen , Zuid Holland NL , -----up to 9 birds,
disappeared after freezing weather!----BL
- Oct. 24.2001 -----Anjum/Tibma , Friesland NL-----24 ind ,
including colour-ringed birds (but to far to see the
- July-Aug 2001 -----Lake Vesijärvi, FIN---- 1 ind
in flock of canada geese ----- PA
- Aug 2001 ---- Skjåholmen / Varngerfjord Norway
---- zero LWfG (1:st time in history). ----WWF / WWW
- Summer 2001:
- A team of the Goose and Swan Study Group of Eastern Europe
and North Asia (RGG) carried out an expedition to the Polar
Urals (67 02' - 68 28' N; 63 55' - 65 10' E) in Russia.
They counted more than 100 LWfG. 7 adults were marked with red
color neck-bands with white letters. We hope that new records
will be received due to these banded geese.. -- V M --- For
more info, see the Bulletin 2002
- Jun. 2001 ---- Kola peninsula expedition (2 weeks)
--- total 4 LWfG ----WWF / WWW
- May 2001 --- Total migrating number in Oulu region
(Finland) below 20. (all time low) ----WWF / WWW
- (For details on old obs, see Bulletin)
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