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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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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Yellow ET at the Minjiang Estuary, Fujian, China on 29 October 2016. Photo by Du Feng-luan / Fujian Bird Watching Society.

Technology coming to the aid of spoonie: finding the unknown

From Nigel Clark on behalf of the Satellite tagging team. In 2009, Rhys Green and I were tasked with assessing how we could use new technology to track Spoon-billed Sandpipers. We thought that this would be an easy task but the more we looked into how we could safely attach any tag th
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper, XT, resplendent in summer plumage. Photo by Guy Anderson.

Spring tagging in Jiangsu, China: update from Dr. Guy Anderson

From Guy Anderson In October 2016, we fitted satellite transmitters to three Spoon-billed Sandpipers on their autumn moult and migration staging area in the south-west corner of the Yellow Sea; in Jiangsu province, China. The tags performed very well and tracked these birds south and
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The locations of CT (green), HU (blue) and ET (yellow) over the last month. (Map data ©2017 Google, SK telecom, ZENRIN Imagery ©TerraMetrics).

Where have the tracked spoonies spent the last few months?

The last time you heard from us about the birds that are being satellite tracked was on the 17 November last year. Why no news since? There simply hasn’t been much to report. But no news is good news. The birds have all spent the non-breeding season at the sites they were last r
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HU near Xitou, China, 17 November 2016. Photo by Jonathan Martinez.

Satellite tagged bird spotted and photographed in China

Today, Jonathan Martinez managed to catch-up with one of the satellite tagged spoon-billed sandpipers, HU, near the port town of Xitou in Guangdong province, China. HU has been at this site since the end of October, arriving a few weeks after being tagged on the Jiangsu coast. Jonatha
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Why ET, HU or CT might lead us to missing spoonie sites

With the third spoon-billed sandpiper on the move, Prof. Rhys Green gives us his insights on why these three birds could lead us to as yet unknown sites, and how that could have important implications for conservation efforts. From Prof. Rhys Green The journeys of the three tagged spo
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CT on his way south, 13 November at 10.27 UTC. (Map data ©OpenStreetMap)

The third tagged spoonie CT is off!

A satellite fix has just come in showing that the third tagged spoon-billed sandpiper has made a move away from the Jiangsu coast! CT, presumed to be male, has been at the Tiaozini mudflats on the Jiangsu coast since he was tagged in early October. His female counterparts made their m
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ET at the Gulf of Mottama, 5-7 November 2016. (Map data ©2016 Google, SK telecom Imagery ©2016 TerraMetrics)

ET settling in at the Gulf of Mottama?

ET arrived at the Gulf of Mottama in Myanmar at around 9pm on Saturday night (UTC, 2.30am on Sunday morning local time). 12 hours later, she appeared to be moving to the north west perhaps heading on to Bangladesh after a rest in the gulf. The two fixes since then, however, have been
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ET's journey continues from the the island of Hainan to western Thailand! As of 14:09 (UTC) on 5 Nov 2016. (Map data ©2016 Google, SK telecom Imagery ©2016 TerraMetrics)

Is ET heading for Myanmar? 1000km closer in the last 24 hours

Just a quick update to let you all know that ET, the satellite tagged spoon-billed sandpiper who yesterday, was just south of the island of Hainan, has flown across Vietnam, Laos and most of Thailand today! The last fix from her came in at 14:09 (UTC, 21:09 local time) showing her to
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