The Red-breasted geese reached the Taymyr peninsula


All the red-breasted geese that we tagged with transmitters reached the Taymyr peninsula. After lingering around on Gydan in an area that on the map looked like a typical nesting habitat for the species, they all flew off to Taymyr within about two days.


One by one the Red-breasted Geese joined the first two geese that had long ago chosen Taymyr as a breeding destination. As it is known, the main part of the population of the species breeds in Taymyr and a smaller part on the Yamal and Gydan Peninsula. The species nests on the ground, being known for the fact that it forms small dispersed colonies of 4-5 to ten nests near the nest of a large bird of prey, the most preferred neighbor being the Peregrine Falcon. Normally, the laying of eggs begins in the second half of June and the first half of July.


Two of the tagged birds, also located in southern Gydan on 10th June  for a little more than a day, managed to fly over 400 km and are also in West Taymyr at the moment. The data from the satellite transmitters up to now was showing that the geese were staying mainly in typical nesting habitats on Gydan - on the slopes of rivers and terraces near small and larger lakes in the Arctic Tundra. Movements even indicated occupied nesting territory for some of the birds. However it all changed very quickly overnight.


The migration of the Red-breasted Geese from North Kazakhstan to the breeding territories in the tundra of Russia had an average duration of about 9-10 days. Each of the geese made at least one longer break (2-4 days) during the migration. The distance traveled ranges from 2000 to 2,400 km. depending on where the breeding ground is located. Until June 10, five of the geese were still on the Gydan Peninsula, and three were on Taymyr. But on 11th and 12th June all the birds flew to Taymyr, with two of the geese caught up the delay for nearly a day or two covering over 400km.


Since end of May, there is no connection with the two females tagged with a GSM transmitters due to the lack of coverage of the mobile networks in the breeding grounds and we will have to wait until the end of August to find out more about their movements.


Keep on tuned on our Project website to see the live tracking module of the tagged geese which is coming up soon and we shall reveal the names of the tagged geese and to whom they were named after.