Portal to the Lesser White-fronted Goose

- by the Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose project

Location: Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Valdak Marshes, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway

Observed: 70 LWFG - 70 Ad.

Details: huge influx of new bird species today as spring finally arrives. +18 degrees, sun and even more Lessers than earlier days. Where have they been after Finland? Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway

Location: Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Valdak Marshes, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway

Observed: 54 LWFG.

Details: Some few more birds today. Spring is late and there is loads of snow in the mountains still. Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway

Location: Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Valdak Marshes, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway

Observed: 37 LWFG - 37 Ad.

Details: incl. mr. Blue. Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway

Location: Siikajoki, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland

Observed: 7 LWFG (Fennoscandian).

Details: At 04.08 5 left from the outer tip of the coastal meadows and landed on the sea between Säärenperä and Hailuoto. Started swimming on the departure area out of the visibility. Lifted up for 10 seconds at 04.43 and then disappeared. At 07.37 2 already on flight, started at first towards NE and turned N and NW, then disappeared near the coast of Hailuoto. There were no Lessers found on the fields. Last observation of Lessers during organised monitoring at Botnian Bay. Arto Niemi, Mika Jokikokko and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team.

Location: Tana River Valley, Holmesund, , , Norway

Observed: 3 LWFG (Fennoscandian) - 3 Ad.

Details: Feeding with 76 Bean Goose (rossicus) and 1 GWfG (albifrons) Egil Ween

Location: Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Valdak Marshes, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway

Observed: 34 LWFG.

Details: 16 pairs + two secondary adult females today. Mr. Blue and mr. Finn seen! Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway

Location: Siikajoki, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland

Observed: 28 LWFG (Fennoscandian).

Details: 17 migrating (passing by at 03.50)to NNW-N. Disappeared to the high sky at 03.55. 11 left stable on the morning and still on the evening. Tapio Kostet, Arto Niemi, Kari Eischer, Isto Virtanen, Heikki Holmström and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team

Location: Siikajoki, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Säärenperä-Karinkanta, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland

Observed: 92 LWFG (Fennoscandian).

Details: During morning 48 left for migration and 44-48 stayed. Observed at Siikajoki and Hailuoto, Karlö. Later some has continued North with mr. Blue. 28 individuals were found during evening count.More detailed later. Tapio Kostet, Arto Niemi, Antti Pöllänen, Kari Eischer, Isto Virtanen and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team

Location: Inner part of Porsanger fjord, Valdak Marshes, Valdak Marshes, Finnmark, Norway

Observed: 44 LWFG (Fennoscandian) - 44 Ad.

Details: Birds arrived in the evening during favourable strong southern winds. Totally 20 adult pairs and 4 ad females (at least two being secondary females) found, including mr. Blue and mr. Finn. Ingar J. Øien & Tomas Aarvak / BirdLife Norway

Location: Siikajoki, Karinkanta, Karinkanta, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland

Observed: 85 LWFG (Fennoscandian).

Details: Total number counted on fields. Tapio Kostet, Arto Niemi and Risto Karvonen, WWF Finland field team

Number of results: 4768