Bean Geese November 2011(new species for Assynt)

November 22nd 2011

Four bean geese have been spotted in a bog at Raffin near Stoer lighthouse. They have been there from 14th November 2011. It is the first time they have been seen in Assynt.  Although they come and go they seem to return before dark. A full report has been sent to the Highland Records Committee (this record has been accepted by the HRC). This photograph was taken by David Haines who first spotted them. We think they are the sub species rossicus.

Bean Geese at Raffin
Bean Geese at Raffin

This is a rare bird on the West coast. They have been seen only once in recent times at Balnakeil near Durness. There have been only five records in Sutherland from 1973-97 – all on the east coast. There are only two wintering populations in the UK with one being in Scotland on the Slamannan plateau in West Lothian.

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