Tundra Bean Goose Anser fabalis rossicus during spring migration in northern Sweden—rare visitor or regular passage migrant?
Keywords:population studies, survey, subspecies, ringing recoveries, bird ringing, bird banding, monitoring, Anatidae
In spring 2007–2009, I studied the races of staging Bean Geese Anser fabalis in northern Sweden, both in the hand and in the field. In all study periods, the Tundra race rossicus was found quite regularly with greatest numbers near Alvik in the Luleå region. Simultaneous counts revealed a maximum of 2,722 individuals in spring 2009. The predominance of rossicus at Alvik was confirmed by catching in 2009. As large numbers of Bean Geese in early May have been reported from the Alvik area for many years, rossicus should be considered a regular and numerous spring migrant through northern Sweden. The occurrence of rossicus in northern Sweden is linked by ring recoveries to a breeding population in Finnmark, Norway. Birds, ringed during spring staging in mid May at Valdak marshes, and probably breeding in their wider surroundings, are reported yearly from Luleå region in late April/early May. There is also a link to a moulting site of rossicus at Varanger peninsula, Norway. New recoveries of birds, ringed in northern Sweden, at various sites in Finnmark confirm this connection.
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