OF WATERFOWL AND GEESE
Fredrik Haas (Waterfowl counts)
S-223 62 Lund
S-223 62 Lund
International Waterfowl Counts.
Annual Midwinter Counts have been organised in Sweden as a part of the
International Midwinter Counts (IWC) of Wetlands
International since the start of the counts in 1967.
An analysis of the first fifty years of midwinter counts in Sweden was
published in Ornis Svecica 2016 and can be downloaded here.
Waterbird midwinter counts
International Goose Counts in Sweden
Regular country-wide goose counts within the
framework of the Goose Specialist Group of Wetlands
International are undertaken in Sweden since 1977/78.
Annual reports from the Waterfowl and Goose counts are published
Download the latest
report here (2015/16)
COUNTRY-WIDE COASTAL WATERBIRD COUNTS IN
SWEDEN IN JANUARY 2015
In January 2015 a full cover survey (based on aerial counts and ground
counts) of the inner coastal waters of Sweden from the Norwegian Border in
the west to the Stockholm archipelago in the Baltic was undertyaken for the
third time. Similar counts have previously been undertaken in 2004 and 1971.
The total count was 616000 compared to 570000 in 2004 and 174000 in 1971.
Offshore seaducks such as the Long-tailed Duck was not included.
The results can be found by folloowing the link below:
Country-wide survey 2015
A follow-up survey covering the offshore waters were made in the winter 2016
see: Offshore Swedish Seabird Counts
High count of Bean Geese in Sweden in
The results from the 2016/17 goose counts in Sweden are now in place in the
data-base. This season was number 40 since the start of the counts in
The highest total was as usual noted for October with 520000, which is lower
than in 2015 when 592000 were counted.
The number of Bean Geese counted was the highest since the start of the
counts with 84000 in October and 55000 in January. The majority of the Bean
Geese are Taiga Bean Geese but the Tundra Bean Geese have been commoner in
the country in recent years, 8274 were counted in October and 3128 in
In October 2015, the total number of geese counted in Sweden was 591765,
which is the highest count since the start of the goose counts in 1977. The
most common species was the Barnacle Goose with 317000 followed by Greylag
Goose 158000 and Bean Goose 71000.
ECOLOGY AND MIGRATIONS OF GREYLAG GEESE
A project studying the migrations and the ecology of the Greylag Goose
started in 1984 and is still going on. It started first as a joint Nordic
program but was then continued in Sweden and Norway.
For further information on the project and the results follow the links
Ekology and migrations of Swedish Greylags
The decrease of the
Long-tailed Duck in the Baltic continues
In the winter 2016 a new survey of the wintering waterbirds in the Baltic
was undertaken. The data from Sweden are no ready to present.
The Longtailed Duck has shown a dramatic decrease in numbers during
recent years. The estimated population in Swedish waters have decreased from
1.4 mill. in 1992/93 to about 0.5 mill. in 2009. The decrease has continued to 2016 when the
total was estimated to be 370000 in Swedish waters.
An analysis of the distribution and numbers of wintering
Long-tailed Ducks in Swedish waters have just been published in
Ornis Svecica and can be downloaded below:
Ornis Svecica 2016:3
Page last updated 2017-02-17