Breeding success of geese in west Spitsbergen, 1964

M Norderhaug, M A Ogilvie, R J F Taylor


Details are given of the distribution of breeding Pink-footed, Barnacle and Brent Geese in Spitsbergen and of their past status. Counts were made in the south-west of Spitsbergen in the summer of 1964. Few young Barnacle Geese were reared but Pink-foot were more successful. Many nests were found and the factors affecting the choice of nest site are discussed: freedom from snow cover is the most important.

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