Our Red-breasted Geese are already in Kazakhstan

Where are the tagged geese now? Slowly, but steadily they are advancing to the breeding grounds. After spending about a month in Kalmykia (Russia), most of them reached western Kazakhstan in early April. The geese are likely to remain there until the second half of May and then  they will complete the final stage of their long migration – from northern Kazakhstan to the peninsulas of Taimyr, Yamal and Gidan in the Russian tundra. We keep following their movements every day and keep our fingers crossed for their safe flight.

Currently we are receiving locations for 7 Red-breasted Geese. As you remember in the middle of February a BSPB team managed to catch 42 Red-breasted Geese near the Durankulak Lake in Bulgaria. Most of the birds whose flight we are following now were tagged with GPS transmitters then.

Unfortunately, since February, we have lost the signal of several of the tagged geese – one of the birds was killed by a bird of prey in Lake Sinoe, Romania and the other probably got rid of its transmitter at the Danube Delta. A few days ago, we lost the signal from one of the geese in Kalmykia- Damyan. We don’t know why the bird stopped transmitting, but our experience so far suggest that it might be dead. Two of the birds have beentagged in May last year and they continue to send us signals successfully  – Peter and Tanyu. We hope they will reach their breeding grounds successfully for a second time. We hope they will manage!

Unfortunately, like many other activities at the moment, the COVID-19 pandemic changed out plans to tag more geese in Kazakhstan this spring. We had to cancel the expedition to Northern Kazkahstan this May. We hope that we will be able to tag birds again in the winter, and until then, we wish a successful and safe flight of our tagged geese.

We have to tag 30 Red-breasted geese as part of the “LIFE for a Safe Flight”project. The satellite transmitters provide us important information on the survival of birds during the annual flight (spring and autumn), the main habitats and information on the various threats at concentration points and a long stay and help our on the ground monitoring work.

You can follow the movements of “our” Red-breasted Geese here.