The team has collected the first eggs of the season, many more flagged birds have been seen and flooding continues to cause problems. Here’s the latest from Russia.
From Roland Digby
We collected the first clutch of eggs this week – four eggs were collected from the nest of Light green 10 and 05 and are now in an incubator. Hopefully this pair will relay and rear their own chicks in the wild this year as well.
To date, we have identified 11 spoonie pairs in the monitoring zone and a number of lone males and some other birds we think could be females but as yet have only been observed just after arrival feeding on the floods to the east in Angkavie and not encountered since. In addition, we suspect a secretive pair may be using an area at the foot of the morain hills, where the male has been observed but not the female. From his behaviour, he appears unpaired but given that last year the female was only observed once and he later appeared with chicks, there is a slight possibility she’s around but undetected.
As mentioned in the previous update, the flooding is something else this year. Lake Pekulneyskoe has flooded all of the surrounding low lying areas including the Monument marsh, where the current site for the release pen is under around 1.5m of water. Whilst on the other side of the monitoring zone, Lake Vaamychkyn has completely flooded all of the spits and marshes where spoonies breed around the area of the Western oil drills. Pavel and Nikolai have both said this is the most extensive flooding around the lakes since they have been coming out to the area. This has also made surveying rather difficult as we cannot yet access all areas – attempts are being made to open the river mouth now and once successful things should improve.