Site fidelity and range size of wintering Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis

Phillips, Richard A, Cope, David R, Rees, Eileen C and O'Connell, Mark J ORCID: 0000-0003-3402-8880 (2003) Site fidelity and range size of wintering Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis. Bird Study, 50 (2). pp. 161-169. doi:10.1080/00063650309461308

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Barnacle Geese restrict their movements to relatively few key sites and exhibit considerable variation in ranging behaviour. To examine individual and seasonal variation in site fidelity, habitat use, range size and foraging strategies of Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis, the movements of 18 male Barnacle Geese tagged in two discrete areas were tracked for 3–6 months from late autumn until departure on the spring migration. Tagged geese concentrated their feeding in a relatively small proportion of apparently suitable habitat. Geese moved increasingly further afield in midwinter, and there was a clear predeparture shift to the largest area of relatively undisturbed, and possibly more nitrogen-rich, saltmarsh on the Solway. Birds from one of the two capture sites tended to be more sedentary and have smaller home ranges.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Bird Study on 29th March 2010, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radiotelemetry; Radio-telemetry; Site fidelity; Range characteristics; Habitat shifts; Population structure
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL605 Chordates. Vertebrates > QL671-699 Birds
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Mark O'Connell
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59

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