A LWfG in front and a WfG in the rear. Copyright Jari Kostet

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Observations 2020


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01 June 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 21 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 9 Ad 12 2cy. Source: Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

27 May 2020, Vesterelv river mouth., Varangerbotn , Nesseby, Norway 1 LWfG observed. Ad. landed on the river bank at night, together with 4 Greater White-fronted. Source: Camilla Betten. Map:
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Photo: Camilla Betten.

26 May 2020, Austmo fields, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 2 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 2 Ad. Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

26 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 76 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 60 Ad 16 2cy. Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

25 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 54 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 43 Ad 11 2cy. Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

23 May 2020, Sirbma, Tana River Valley, Finnmark, Norway 1 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 1 2cy. Feeding on fields. This individual is the same than 21st and 22nd May. There were 4 Lessers observed at Tana River Valley during monitoring. Source: Petteri Polojärvi and Olli-Pekka Karlin, Metsähallitus and Finnish LWfG fieldteam. Conveyed by Risto Karvonen. Map:

22 May 2020, Sirbma, Tana River Valley, Finnmark, Norway 1 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 1 2cy. Feeding on the fields. Observed from the Finnish side of the river. Source: Petteri Polojärvi, Metsähallitus and Finnish LWfG fieldteam. Conveyed by Risto Karvonen.. Map:

21 May 2020, Sirbma, Tana River Valley, Finnmark, Norway 1 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 1 2cy. Feeding on the fields with 190 Bean Goose and 1 Pink-feeted Goose. Observed from the Finnish side of the river. Source: Petteri Polojärvi, Metsähallitus and Finnish LWfG fieldteam. Map:

20 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 67 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 55 Ad 12 2cy. Adults distributed as: 26 pairs, 2 sigle females and one single male. Source: Tomas Aarvak & Ingar Jostein Øien / NOF-BirdLife Norway. Map:

17 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 6 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Feeding on the fields. Daily monitoring ended at 2020-05-19 when no more Fennoscandian Lessers were found after 17th May. Source: Mika Jokikokko, Arto Niemi and Risto Karvonen / WWF Finland field team. Map:

17 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 54 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

16 May 2020, Alta river delta, Finnmark, Norway 3 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 2 Ad 1 2cy. A pair with a 2cy! Source: Ken Gøran Uglebakken & Edmund Johansen. Map: External

16 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 81 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

15 May 2020, Tana River Valley, Holmesund, , Norway 1 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 1 Ad. One adult feeding on fields with a flock of 200 Bean Goose and 2 Greater White-fronted Goose. Source: Petteri Polojärvi and Petri Piisilä, Metsähallitus and Finnish LWfG fieldteam. Conveyed by Risto Karvonen.

15 May 2020, Sirbma, Tana River Valley, Finnmark, Norway 2 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 2 Ad. An adult pair feeding on the fields at 20.00 until 7.00 next morning 2020-05-16. Source: Petteri Polojärvi and Petri Piisilä, Metsähallitus and Finnish LWfG fieldteam. Conveyed by Risto Karvonen. Map:

15 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 32 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). At morning two migrating flocks: at 5.44 6 Lessers with 4 Bean Goose started at Siikajoki, later identified by Juha Markkola at Härkäsäikkä, Hailuoto; at 7.45 15 Lessers, including Mr. Blue lift up from farming fields at Siikajoki, passed observing point at Säärenperä, Siikajoki at 7.50 and Härkäsäikkä, Hailuoto at 7.58. Disappeared in distance to haze at 8.11. During evening flight 11 still present. Source: Jaani Mustonen, Esa Aalto, Arto Niemi, Juha Markkola and Risto Karvonen WWF Finland LWfG field team. Map:

15 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 74 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 54 Ad 20 2cy. mr. Blue with female and one gosling seen. Also the pair with only steel rings on their left legs arrived today - these had the colour ring combination Orange-Green righ & White-Orange right beforee the colour rings were lost. Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

14 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 44 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 33 Ad 11 2cy. Source: Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

14 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 36 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Evening flight from coastal meadows to farm fields.Mr Blue with the family still present. Source: Risto Karvonen / WWF Finland field team. Map:

13 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 46 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 35 Ad 11 2cy. Source: Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

13 May 2020, Iso Härkäsäikkä, Hailuoto, Northern Ostrobothnia Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland 3 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 3 with 4 Tundra Bean Geese passed at 05:33. Source: Jaani Mustonen, Mikko Oranen, Eetu Myllymäki, Juha Markkola LWfG Team of WWF Finland, Metsahallitus etc.. Map:

13 May 2020, Iso Härkäsäikkä, Hailuoto, Northern Ostrobothnia Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland 40 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 40 N in one flock 1km E of us first 70 m high, later rising to at least 400 m. Passed at 04:21. Source: Jaani Mustonen, Mikko Oranen, Eetu Myllymäki, Juha Markkola LWfG Team of WWF Finland, Metsahallitus etc.. Map:

12 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 92 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Counted during the evening flight and on the fields. Source: Tapio Kostet, Risto Karvonen/ WWF field team Finland with Make Rantala and Kari Eischer. Map:

11 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 98 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Lessers counted during the evening flight from the coastal meadows to the fields. Source: Juha Markkola and Risto Karvonen / WWF Finland LWfG field team. Map:

10 May 2020, Valdak Marshes, Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Finnmark, Norway 4 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). First ind. obs. this spring. Ad. pair with possible two youngsters. Source: Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:
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Photo: Tomas Aarvak.

07 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 101 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Lessers gathered together and flight to the fields at evening happened later than former days. Source: Arto Niemi, Juha Markkola, Pauli Jokikokko, Antti Pöllänen, Hannu Jännes and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team.. Map:

05 May 2020, Kungyörgy major, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. Immature male? with 60 Greylags and one GWfG Source: Zoltán Ecsedi (HEA staff), Nikolett Petrovics. Map:
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LWfG at Ludas-rét, (HNP HUN) Photo: Zoltán Ecsedi (HEA staff).

05 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 87 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Lessers use larger area divided on several groups in different size. Source: Arto Niemi, Tapio Kostet, Antti Pöllänen and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team. Map:

03 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 96 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Feeding on fields. Source: Tapio Kostet, Arto Niemi, Mika Jokikokko, Pauli Jokikokko and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team. Map:

02 May 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 0 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). No LWfG in the area (102 birds which was maximum count in Estonia this spring, found in Finland yesterday evening). End of the spring monitoring in Estonia. Source: Leho Aaslaid, Maie Vikerpuur. Map:

01 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 102 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Observed on the fields and migrating in. First flock(24) was found by Pekka Majuri at 6.20 on field, Mr.Blue with 29 other landed at 8.42, several smaller flocks arrived and one extremely tired flock (32 Lessers) was found resting on the shore. Source: Tapio Kostet, Arto Niemi, Petri Hottola, Mika Jokikokko, Pauli Jokikokko and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team. Map:

01 May 2020, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland 102 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Observed on the fields and migrating in. First flock was found by Pekka Majuri at 6.20 on field, Mr.Blue with 29 other landed at 8.42, several smaller flocks arrived and one extremely tired flock (32 Lessers) was found resting on the shore. Source: Tapio Kostet, Arto Niemi, Petri Hottola and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team. Map:

29 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 90 LWfG observed. 90 LWfG still presented - same count in the morning and evening. Source: Leho Aaslaid, Tarvo Valker. Map:
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28 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 75 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 75 LWfG presented in the morning and also in the evening. Mr. Blue still amongst the other birds. Source: Maie Vikerpuur, Leho Aaslaid. Map:

27 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 90 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 90 birds seen in the morning and also evening. Source: Maie Vikerpuur, Leho Aaslaid. Map:

24 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 90 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). At least 90 LWfG still at Hiiumaa island. Minimum 3 ringed Fennoscandian birds in the flock, inc. mr. Blue and Mr. Finn. Source: Maie Vikerpuur, Leho Aaslaid. Map:
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Photo: Maie Vikerpuur.

22 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 102 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Almost all Fennocandian LWfG have arrived safely to Hiiumaa island now. Source: Leho Aaslaid, conveyed by Tarvo Valker. Map:

20 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 93 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Source: Leho Aaslaid, Maie Vikerpuur, conveyed by Tarvo Valker. Map:

20 April 2020, Rusne, Rusne Island, Silute, Lithuania 4 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 4 Ad. From 2020-04-15 4 birds with no rings in Rusne, Šilute. Also one Swedish ringed bird, keeps close to them. Source: Vytautas EIgirdas. Map:

18 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 86 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Including Mr. Blue. Source: Leho Aaslaid. Map:

17 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 1 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 1 Ad. Mr. Blue (adult male LWfG that BirdLife Norway equipped with a gps-gsm neckband at the Valdak marshes, Porsanger fjord, in Norway on 24 May 2018) arrived in the Käina bay area early this morning. The first location was at 08 in the morning (local time). Source: Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway. Map:

17 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 86 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 86 LWfG observed in the evening, mr. Blue were amongst them. Source: Leho Aaslaid, conveyed by Tarvo Valker. Map:

15 April 2020, Rusne, Rusne Island, Silute, Lithuania 15 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). incl. mr. Blue! Source: Vytautas Eigirdas, conveyed by Julius Morkunas. Map:
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Fennoscandian Lessers in the Nemunas delta! Photo: Vytautas Eigirdas.

15 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 4 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Source: Leho Aaslaid, conveyed by Tarvo Valker. Map:

14 April 2020, Sausgalviai, Nemunas Delta, Klaipėda, Lithuania 15 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Minimum 15 Lessers including mr. Blue. Source: Vytautas Eigirdas, conveyed by Julius Morkunas. Map:

14 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 5 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Source: Leho Aaslaid, conveyed by Andres Kalamees. Map:

13 April 2020, Käina Bay, Käina, Hiiumaa, Estonia 2 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Source: Leho Aaslaid, conveyed by Tarvo Valker. . Map:

11 April 2020, Balta Alba, Balta Alba Lake, Buzau, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Daróczi J. Szilárd, Simó Imre. Map:

10 April 2020, Silma Nature Reserve, Lääne, Estonia 2 LWfG observed. Source: Tarvo Valker. Map:
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Photo: Tarvo Valker.

08 April 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 72 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). With 2 RbG and 9 GWfG, on the northern shore 13 white-tailed and 3 imperial eagle. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG flock at KOndas (HNP, HU) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

06 April 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 64 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). With two RbG. The males were protecting their pairs from the others. Source: János Tar (HNPD), Szabolcs Dinga. Map:
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LWfG with RbG at Kondas (HNP, HU) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

04 April 2020, Biebrza Basin-Burzyn, Podlaskie, Poland 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. An adult pair in a flock of (mostly) Greater Whitefronts. Video: https://youtu.be/3I8xXCGJPmI . Source: Andrzej Ruminski, Michal Polakowski, Monika Broniszewska. Map:

04 April 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 8 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Mr. Blue is back! Yesterday (2020.04.03.) afternoon, between 16:20 and 18:30 there were no LWfG at their favourite sites, Janos and Janos (Tar and Olah) checked every regular site. One day later 8 LWfG were observed, Mr. Blue was amongst them. 2 GWfG and a few Greylag families were at the site as well. Source: János Tar (HNPD). Map:
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Mr. Blue at Vince-fenék, after a trip to Biebrza and back to Hortobágy. Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

03 April 2020, Biebrza Basin-Rutkowskie, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 1 Ad. Mr.Blue. Source: Tomas Aarvak. Map:

02 April 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 103 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). Around 2 pm. With 2 GWfG, in a separated flock. Mr. Blue was amongst them. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

30 March 2020, Kungyörgy major, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 19 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 84 + 19 in separate homogeneous groups. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

30 March 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 84 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). 84 + 19 in separate homogeneous groups. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

29 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 72 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). At least 72, within a mixed flock of 100s GWfG. Later flew to the west (toward Máta), flew back in fifteen minutes. Later disappeared to the north. Source: Gábor Tihanyi (HNPD ranger), Tamás Emri. Map:

27 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 86 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). With 1800 GWfG, often mixed within the flock, between 10-11. Source: Péter Gyüre. Map:

25 March 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 105 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). With 5 Greylags Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

24 March 2020, Biebrza Basin-Wiercieszewo, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed. Bird with rings on legs. Swedish or Fennoscandian (?). Source: Robert Wysocki. Map:

22 March 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 4 LWfG observed - 4 Ad. With 800 GWfG, at the western part of the Tonnás-channel. Source: Dániel Balla, Zsolt Gyömbér (HNPD ranger). Map:

19 March 2020, Biebrza Basin-Karwowo, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Michal Polakowski, Monika Broniszewska. Map:

19 March 2020, Biebrza Basin-Loje, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Monika Broniszewska, Michal Polakowski. Map:
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Photo: Monika Broniszewska.

19 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 96 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 2 juv. Flew to east at 14:45. Source: János Oláh, János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

19 March 2020, Kis-Kondás, Hortobágy National Park, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 8 LWfG observed - 6 Ad 2 juv. Family with two juveniles, and two adult pair separately, with 1100 GWfG. Source: János Oláh, János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Kis-Kondas (HNP (HUN) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

18 March 2020, Biebrza Basin-Karwowo, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Michal Polakowski, Monika Broniszewska. Map:

18 March 2020, Biebrza Basin-Loje, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Michal Polakowski, Monika Broniszewska. Map:
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Photo: Michal Polakowski.

18 March 2020, Nyári-járás, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. with 640 GWfG Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

17 March 2020, Kungyörgy major, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. with 1500 GWfG. Source: Péter Gyüre. Map:

16 March 2020, Akademiai libanevelo, Hortobagy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar county, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. With 860 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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2cy LWfG at Akademia (HNP HUN) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

16 March 2020, Rókás, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 69 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). At 10:30, with 6000 GWfG. This is the minimum number, there could be more LWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

16 March 2020, Két kanális-köze, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 4 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 2 juv. Pair with two juveniles. At 10:45, with 1800 GWfG, no overlap with the ones at Rókás at the same day. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

15 March 2020, Nyiro-lapos, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 1000 GWfG. Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

15 March 2020, Akademiai libanevelo, Hortobagy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar county, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. With 1220 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

14 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 89 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian). At first they were moving separately, but after some disturbance, coming from white-tailed eagles they mixed with a GWfG flock. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger), Gábor Kovács. Map:

14 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 12 LWfG observed - 11 Ad 1 2cy. Adult pair plus four adults plus three adults with one immature plus two adults. These are probably West-Russians. With 3900 GWfG. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger), Gábor Kovács. Map:

12 March 2020, Nyiro-lapos, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 1000 GWfG. Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

12 March 2020, Heorhiivka, Donetsk, Ukraine 2 LWfG observed. 2 adults were seen Source: Katerina Kuzhel. Map:
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Photo: Kuzhel.

11 March 2020, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 96 LWfG observed. The lwfg feeding at the eastern part of the lake with 400wfg. Source: LKMA team (Kostas Papadopoulos). Map:

10 March 2020, Biebrza Basin-Rutkowskie, Podlaskie, Poland 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Video https://www.facebook.com/polnocne.podlasie/videos/2987085004675925/ Source: Tomasz Tumiel, Oliwka Karpinska, Krzysztof Kajzer, Eliza Suchozebrska, Michal Polakowski & Piotr Czulowski. Map:

10 March 2020, Csoszhaz, Hortobágy National Park, Kunmadaras-puszta, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Next to Gyúró, with 6500 GWfG Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger), Laura Godó. Map:

10 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 12 LWfG observed - 6 Ad 2 2cy 4 juv. Family with 4 juveniles (no rings were observed), two 2cy and 4 adult, with 15 500 GWfG, 18 RbG and 3 Barnacles. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Kondás (HNP, HU) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

09 March 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. With more than 10 000 wild geese. Source: Ottó Veszelinov. Map:

09 March 2020, Nagy-szik, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 1300 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

05 March 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 11 LWfG observed - 10 Ad 1 2cy. With 8400 GWfG, 8 RbG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Kékes-puszta (HNP, HU) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

05 March 2020, Szálka-ér, Hortobágy National Park, Nagyhegyes, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair. Within a flock of diverse number of wild geese (between 2000-8000). Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

05 March 2020, Staromlinivka, Donetsk, Ukraine 3 LWfG observed. Observed in flight. Three individuals recorded with Anser albifrons. Source: Katerina Kuzhel. Map:
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Photo: Katerina Kuzhel.

01 March 2020, Mihályhalma, Hortobágy National Park, Nádudvar, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Anita Kovács Gémné. Map:

01 March 2020, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 96 LWfG observed. 96 LWfG feeding at the usual places around the mouth of the river. Mr. Blue is among them. Source: LKMA team (Th. Naziridis, K. Papadopoulos). Map:

26 February 2020, Field near Atanasovsko lake, Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria 3 LWfG observed - 1 Ad 2 2cy. Feeding in wheat field with 11500 A.albifrons and 1 B.ruficollis. Source: Ivaylo Dimchev IBER-BAS. Map:

25 February 2020, Balta Alba, Balta Alba Lake, Buzau, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Arable fields Baile - Vâlcelele. Source: Daróczi J. Szilárd. Map:

24 February 2020, Balta Alba, Balta Alba Lake, Buzau, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Daróczi J. Szilárd, Gabriel Plaiasu. Map:

22 February 2020, Kecskeri reservoir, Hortobágy National Park, Karcag, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair, with 9600 GWfG. Source: Balázs Csibrányi, Ádám Kiss, Ádám Takács & Péter Váradi. Map:

22 February 2020, Airport pools, Alyki Larnacas, Larnaca, Cyprus 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. At the airport pools, with 4 000 greater flamingos. Observed by the ranger of Hortobágy National Park, who is an expert of the species, so the data is trustworthy. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger). Map:

21 February 2020, Saraiu, Dobrogea, SE Romania, Romania 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Source: Szabó József. Map:

20 February 2020, Balta Alba, Balta Alba Lake, Buzau, Romania 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. Pair, plus another ad. Source: Szabó József, Ambrus Laca, Fântân? Ciprian. Map: External
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20 February 2020, Balta Tataru, Braila, Braila, Romania 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Source: Emil Todorov, SOR/Birdlife Romania. Map: External

19 February 2020, Csoszhaz, Hortobágy National Park, Kunmadaras-puszta, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 5 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 3 juv. One family with 5000 GWfG Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:

19 February 2020, Hármas-halom melléke, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 720 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

19 February 2020, Kondas, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 17 LWfG observed - 14 Ad 3 2cy. At noon, with 30 000 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

19 February 2020, Kecskeri reservoir, Hortobágy National Park, Karcag, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 9600 GWfG and 250 Greylags. Source: Ádám Kiss (HNPD ranger). Map:

18 February 2020, Szatmáritelek, Hortobágy, Hajdú-bihar county, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 1400 GWfG. Source: Gábor Tihanyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

17 February 2020, Angyalhaza-puszta (Hajduszoboszlo), Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-bihar county, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Old male, on the middle of Angyalhaza, west from the Dög-erd?, with 2000 GWfG. Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

16 February 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. Adult pair, plus one adult, with 1300 GWfG plus a Brant, later approximately with 4000 geese altogether. Source: István Tar, Miklós Nagy. Map:

16 February 2020, Nyiro-lapos, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Adult with 800 GWfG. Source: István Tar, Miklós Nagy. Map:

15 February 2020, Nagy-Vókonya, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 5200 GWfG. Source: János Oláh . Map:

15 February 2020, Nyiro-lapos, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: János Oláh . Map:

15 February 2020, Racok-szigete, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 4500 GWfG. Source: József Kecskés, János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

14 February 2020, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 96 LWfG observed. At least 96 lwfg feeding at the eastern part of the mouth of the river. Among them Mr Blue and one rbg, maybe there is another one lwfg but we will see it in the next few days. Source: LKMA team (Kostas Papadopoulos / Theodoros Naziridis). Map:

12 February 2020, Kis-Hort, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 700 GWfG, altogether 7000 wild geese at the area. Source: József Kecskés. Map:

11 February 2020, Evros Delta, Thrace, Greece 3 LWfG observed. 3 birds between a team of 500 Tundra swans (Cygnus Columbianus) and 150 Ruddy Shelducks. Source: P. IOANNIDIS, G. ILIADIS (EVROS DELTA TEAM). Map:

11 February 2020, Dimitriades, Evros Delta, Thrace, Greece 3 LWfG observed. 3 LWfG amongst 100-150 GWfG near the old river meander Source: Didier Vangeluwe. Map:

09 February 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. With 300-400 GWfG. Source: Miklós Nagy, Attila Simay, Gergely Simay. Map:

09 February 2020, Kungyörgy major, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 4 LWfG observed - 4 Ad. With 300 GWfG. Source: Péter Gyüre. Map:

09 February 2020, Dimitriades, Evros Delta, Thrace, Greece 3 LWfG observed. Source: Didier Vangeluwe. Map:

08 February 2020, Danube Delta, Pardina area, Danube Delta, SE Romania, Romania 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Dan Bandacu, DDBRA Source: Dan Bandacu, DDBRA. Map:
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Photo: Dan Bandacu.

07 February 2020, Vidi-föld, Hajdúnánás, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Without rings, with 80 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

07 February 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 5 LWfG observed - 5 Ad. Without rings, with 340 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Kékes, Hortobágy (HNP, HUN) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

07 February 2020, Macskatelek, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 11 LWfG observed - 7 Ad 4 2cy. Another group on grassland with 230 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

07 February 2020, Macskatelek, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 10 LWfG observed - 5 Ad 3 2cy 2 juv. Family with two juveniles separately, plus three adult, plus three 2cy. The latter six had no rings, with 130 GWfG on wheatfield. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Macskatelek, Hortobágy (HNP, HUN) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

07 February 2020, Dinnýes-lapos, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Adult with 6000 GWfG in wheatfield. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger). Map:

07 February 2020, Stavarasi, Buzau, SE Romania, Romania 4 LWfG observed - 4 Ad. Source: Pál Lajos, Szabó József, Ambrus Laca, Fântân? Ciprian, Sebi Bugariu. Map: External

07 February 2020, Balta Alba, Balta Alba Lake, Buzau, Romania 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Source: Pál Lajos, www.rombird.ro . Map: External

06 February 2020, Villongo, Hortobágy National Park, Tiszafüred, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 4500 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger), Laura Godó. Map:

06 February 2020, Hajdu-fenek, Hortobagy National Park, Egyek-pusztakocs, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 4 LWfG observed - 4 Ad. Two adult pairs, with 2500 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger), Laura Godó. Map:

05 February 2020, Mandraki, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 89 LWfG observed (Fennoscandian) - 69 Ad 20 2cy. Including Mr. Blue together with 2CY birds. At the same time, 7 LWfG were observed at the Eastern Dike, Lake Kerkini by Kostas Papadopoulos, so altogether 96 individuals in Lake Kerkini. Source: Theodoros Naziridis, Alexandra Demertzi , Manolia Vougioukalou and Ingar Jostein Øien. Map:

03 February 2020, Circeo National Park, Latium, Italy 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. This year it once again arrived with about 126 greylags in November and this year stayed with two greylags, perhaps a pair. I saw the lesser white-front during my annual census on 21st January, 2020 and today I found it again, if rather far away!, still with its two greylag companions. I shall try to follow its movements until it leaves. Two days ago (1st February,2020) the main goose flock was here but today (3rd Feb.) I didn’t see them. . The greylags are certainly wild and according to my reading of their neck collars in the ‘80’s, are of Polish breeding stock. I know that lesser white-fronts have had a chequered career as genuine wild birds in recent years. What do you think of this one? Source: Dr. Nicholas Henson. Map:
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Photo: Dr. Nicholas Henson.

03 February 2020, Daru-Karinkó, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair, with 4200 GWfG and 32 RbG, no rings. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

02 February 2020, Daru-Karinkó, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 1 Ad 1 2cy. The two individuals were moving separately, with 2100 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

02 February 2020, Polgár-fishponds, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair at Lake no. I with 400 GWfG and 50 Greylags. Source: József Kecskés. Map:

01 February 2020, Bakóc, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair at Hatlyukú-Hídi-Iskola-dül?, north from Bakóc, with 720 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

01 February 2020, Bakóc, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. One adult without rings, with 1200 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

31 January 2020, Sarkad-dulo, Tiszacsege, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 4 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 2 juv. At Simon Mátáys field, north from Sarkad-dül?, family with two juveniles, on wheatfield with 220 GWfG. Source: Gábor Tihanyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

31 January 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 9 LWfG observed - 6 Ad 3 juv. Family with one juvenile, plus family with two juveniles, plus two adults separately with 1800 GWfG. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger). Map:

30 January 2020, Pusztaszer, Csongrád, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. One pair among 4000 Greater, and 100 Greylag, and 10 Red-breastedgoose. Source: Ampovics Zsolt. Map:
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Photo: Ampovics Zsolt.

30 January 2020, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 96 LWfG observed. At least 96 lwfg feeding with 220 wfg and 72 Greylag at the eastern part of the lake. Among them mr Blue! Source: LKMA team (Kostas Papadopoulos). Map:

29 January 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Adult with 230 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

29 January 2020, Pentezug, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Adult with 2400 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

28 January 2020, Magyarka, Karcag, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. Adults together with 4000 GWfG. Source: Ádám Kiss (HNPD ranger). Map:

27 January 2020, Vince-fenék, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar county, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 3150 GWfG. Source: Zoltán Ecsedi (HEA staff). Map:

27 January 2020, Fekete-rét, Hortobágy National Park, Tiszafüred, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 1 juv. Family, with 950 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:

26 January 2020, Stavarasi, Buzau, SE Romania, Romania 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Source: Pál Lajos. Map: External

25 January 2020, Jilavele, Jilavele, Ialomita, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: https://rombird.ro/ro/obd/27425/index?or=0&ord=desc&sel=&dt=&df=&src=&from=0&fromt=obl&fromid=0. Map: External
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Photo: Marius Iana.

24 January 2020, Pong Lake, Himachal Pradesh, India 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Feeding along with BHGeese Source: Pradeep Thakur via P.S.Ranke. Map:
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Feeding along with BHGeese at Pong Lake Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh, India Photo: Pradeep Thakur.

23 January 2020, Kungyörgy major, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 100 GWfG. Source: Attila Simay. Map:

23 January 2020, Pong Lake, Himachal Pradesh, India 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Feeding along with BHGeese Source: Pradeep Thakur via P.S.Ranke. Map:

23 January 2020, Záhorské Pomoravie SPA, Malacky, Slovakia 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Source: . Map: External
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in a mixed flock with other geese Photo: Radovan Václav.

22 January 2020, Pallag-ráta, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 1 2cy. At Holczer-dulo, south from Pallag-rata. Adult pair with 2 cy, without rings with 3800 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Holczer-dulo (HNPD HUN) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

22 January 2020, Hidikutrica, Hortobágy National Park, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 5 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 3 juv. Two adults with 3 immatures (family), no rings within a flock of 120 wild geese. Source: Attila Szilágyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

21 January 2020, Circeo National Park, Latium, Italy 1 LWfG observed - 1 2cy. This little goose arrived in November 2018 with about 140 greylag geese and was particularly associated with a small group of these geese until they left in early February, 2019. The lesser white-front didn’t leave with them but joined up with a few wigeon on Monaci lake here where it had been all winter with the greylags and then moved over to Fogliano lake, joining up with a 550 strong wigeon flock and grazing with them from 21st March to 5th April when it left at the same time as the last third of the wigeon flock. This year it once again arrived with about 126 greylags in November and this year stayed with two greylags, perhaps a pair. I saw the lesser white-front during my annual census on 21st January, 2020 and today I found it again, if rather far away!, still with its two greylag companions. I shall try to follow its movements until it leaves. Two days ago (1st February,2020) the main goose flock was here but today (3rd Feb.) I didn’t see them. . The greylags are certainly wild and according to my reading of their neck collars in the ‘80’s, are of Polish breeding stock. Our bird had no rings or other markings and appeared in good condition. This year it has been closely accompanied by two greylags. Source: Dr. Nicholas Henson. Map:
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Photo: Dr. Nicholas Henson.

18 January 2020, Field near Atanasovsko lake, Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria 3 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 1 2cy. feeding in wheat field with 4000 A.albifrons and 25 B.ruficollis. Source: Ivaylo Dimchev IBER-BAS.. Map:

16 January 2020, Csores, Egyek, Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Adult with 1500 GWfG. Source: Gábor Tihanyi (HNPD ranger). Map:

16 January 2020, Fields near Atanasovsko lake, Bourgas, Bourgas, Bulgaria 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Feeding in wheat field with 3600 A.albifrons, 425 B.ruficollis and 3 T.ferruginea. Source: Ivaylo Dimchev IBER-BAS. Map:

15 January 2020, Halomalja, Nagyhegyes, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 1320 GWfG on wheat field. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

13 January 2020, Bugeac, Dobrogea, Southeast, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Grazing on winter wheat among 1670 GWfG and 8 RbG. Source: Emil Todorov, Sebastian Bugariu SOR/Birdlife Romania. Map: External
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Photo: Emil Todorov.

11 January 2020, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 96 LWfG observed. At least 96 lwfg feeding with more of 700 wfg at the eastern part of the lake far away from the eastern dike and the forest. Source: LKMA team (Kostas Papadopoulos Sotiris Mountzelos). Map:

10 January 2020, Balta Alba, Balta Alba Lake, Buzau, Romania 4 LWfG observed - 4 Ad. Source: Szabó József, Pál Lajos. Map: External

09 January 2020, Lake Strachina, Muntenia, Romania 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Foraging on winter wheat among 2500 GWfG. Source: Emil Todorov, Andrei Dinu, SOR/Birdlife Romania. Map: External

08 January 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 40 GWfG. Source: Tamás Zalai (HEA staff). Map:

08 January 2020, Racok-szigete, Hortobágy National Park, Balmazújváros, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 3 LWfG observed - 3 Ad. Adult pair plus one adult without rings, with 4350 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

07 January 2020, Lyukashalmi-dulo, Hortobágy National Park, Tiszafüred, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 5 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 3 2cy. One adult with 3 immatures plus one adult, with 1100 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger). Map:

07 January 2020, Pallag-ráta, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 5 LWfG observed - 3 Ad 2 juv. One adult at noon, plus a family with two juveniles in the afternoon, neither of the 5 individuals had rings. With 2150 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Kis-dulo (HU) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

07 January 2020, Bakó-hát, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. With 12 000 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

06 January 2020, Záhorské Pomoravie SPA, Malacky, Slovakia 1 LWfG observed - 1 Ad. Source: Radovan Václav. Map: External
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adult in a mixed flock with Greylag, White-fronted and Bean geese Photo: Radovan Václav.

06 January 2020, Kungyörgy major, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 6 LWfG observed - 5 Ad 1 juv. With 4700 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

06 January 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 12 LWfG observed - 8 Ad 4 2cy. With 520 GWfG. Source: János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:
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LWfG at Kékes (HU, HNP) Photo: János Tar (HNPD ranger).

06 January 2020, Kis-laci fold, Újszentmargita, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Simon Mátyás-fold, on the opposite side of the road, with 4200 GWfG and 97 RbG. Source: József Katona (HNPD ranger), János Tar (HNPD ranger). Map:

05 January 2020, Kékes, Hortobágy National Park, Hajdu-Bihar, Hungary 7 LWfG observed - 2 Ad 5 juv. Two adults with three juveniles, plus two juveniles separately, with 1000 GWfG. Source: Tamás Emri, Barna MIhály Zöld. Map:

02 January 2020, delta, Lake Kerkini, Central Macedonia, Greece 96 LWfG observed. 96 LWfG feeding at the mouth of the river next to the river bed. Mr. Blue is among them. Since September, the birds usually stayed in Delta area, close to the lakeshore, far away from the eastern dike and the forest. Due to rains in October-November, the place is still green. They rarely were moved to other areas (i.e., close to the eastern dike or close to the forest), and it is more difficult to count them there. Source: LKMA team (Th. Naziridis). Map:

01 January 2020, Ecse-zug, Karcag, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary 2 LWfG observed - 2 Ad. Adult pair with 1400 GWfG. Source: Sándor Borza (HNPD ranger), Laura Godó. Map:



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