Lime 43, an adult Spoonie satellite-tagged at Meinypil’gyno, north-east Russia, now moulting in Jiangsu on 19 Sep 2017. The back-mounted tag and fine tag aerial are only just visible. Photo by Chi Yanqing.

New mission underway to tag Spoon-billed Sandpipers

Update from Guy Anderson, RSPB Its October again, and the brief Arctic summer is well and truly over. The annual cycle of Arctic-breeding waders mirrors the tides that many see every day outside the breeding season. The boreal winter is low tide – birds settled in their wintering quar
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Lime green U6, 31 July. Photo by Roland Digby.

News from the field: Final update from Roland

Update from Roland Digby This will be my last update because, as I type, I’m finally waiting for my helicopter which should be here around 12:00 hrs local time. Things have been going well since the release with the birds growing and losing any remnants of down on their heads as
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First spoon-billed sandpiper just about to leave the release aviary, 28 July 2017. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the field: The release!

Update from Roland Digby At around 12:00hrs, all 30 of the 2017 cohort of headstarted spoon-billed sandpipers were released. Around three hours before the release all shelters were removed from the pen and dishes moved to the front near the entrance. We’ve adopted this approach
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Headstarted male White 0C with chick Light green U6 feeding along edge of marsh, 24 July 2017. Photo by Nikolay Yakushev/BirdsRussia.

News from the field: Chick of headstarted pair spotted

Update from Roland Digby On the 24 July, Ivan reported seeing a spoon-billed sandpiper with a white leg flag around 200m north of the release pen. Being aware that the headstarted pair White 0C and U6 had recently hatched two chicks (Light green U6 and Light green V6) from a replaceme
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Obligatory bear photo from the Monument Marsh, 18 July 2017. Photo Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the Field: Moving to the release aviary and the obligatory bear photo

Update from Roland Digby On Friday 14 July, we finally got the first couple of broods of birds out into the release aviary. Because of the storm we couldn’t put the birds out as early as we’d hoped (Wednesday 12 July), so the first couple of broods were a bit older than th
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What’s happening at Slimbridge?

Update from Baz Hughes I think you might have all realised that there’s been a bit of blog silence on the Slimbridge spoonies so it’s time to update you. Put bluntly, we didn’t get eggs this year, but it wasn’t for lack of trying! Moult into summer plumage commenced in late February w
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Brooder with chicks of various ages after hatching, 8 July 2017. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the Field: Eggs hatched and release pen ready to go

Update from Roland Digby At 15:30hrs on 10 July, our 30th and last chick hatched! Although we didn’t expect all 34 viable eggs to hatch, we had hoped for 32. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, with one dying just as it started to hatch and two others just before pipping,
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Ivan checking the 1st clutch of eggs in the hatcher to make sure all pips are on the tops of the eggs, 1 July 2017. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the Field: Hatching update from 3 July

Update from Roland Digby (from 3 July 2017) On 1 July, clutch A pipped and were all moved from the Hemel incubator to the AB Newlife hatcher. As of 3 July, a total of 24 of the 34 viable eggs have pipped and been moved over and we expect the remaining 10 eggs in the incubators to pip
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Ivan and Yuri making the final collection on 24 June 2017. Photo by N. Yakushev.

News from the Field: 38 eggs!

On 24 June, the final clutch of eggs was collected from the plain at the foot of the moraine hills close to the village, making a total of 38 eggs collected. This is amazing because at one point earlier in the season when the floods were inundating territories (particularly in Angkavi
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Carefully negotiating the ice flows. Photo by Nigel Clark.

News from the Field: Three more spoonies have been tagged to track migration south to the Yellow Sea

With funding from the Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Fund, Nigel Clark has gone to the Spoonie breeding grounds to fit satellite tags to three breeding birds in the hope that we can learn where they stop on their migration south to the Yellow Sea. For more information on how the Moham
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