Satellite tracking – the live map
In 2016, an exciting new effort began to track spoon-billed sandpipers on migration and identify unknown sites. In October 2016, after months of trialling, the first tags were fitted to wild spoon-billed sandpipers on the Jiangsu coast of China, in the south-western corner of the Yellow Sea. We hope that these tags will transmit for a few months giving new information about the sites the birds use and the routes they take between their staging and wintering sites.
All three of the tagged spoon-billed sandpipers have moved from their staging site on the Jiangsu coast heading to their wintering grounds! Follow their progress below and see where they spend the 2016/17 winter.
The information is for illustrative purposes only and should not be used without our permission:
© BTO/RSPB/WWT/Nanjing Normal University/SBS in China.
How to interpret the map
- Each coloured track represents a different spoon-billed sandpiper:
yellow for ET, blue for HU and green for CT.
- Each ★ star is the last location fix received for that bird – click the star to see details.
- The tracks are produced by joining up location fixes but the birds often won’t have flown in a straight line between the fixes, so the tracks show the approximate route not the exact route.
- Some fixes that come in have large areas of error (in some cases, hundreds of kilometres). While we regularly check it and remove errors, it’s possible that you could see erroneous fixes from time-to-time.
This project is a collaboration between BTO, RSPB, WWT, Nanjing Normal University, SBS in China and Microwave Telemetry Inc. For the latest news on the satellite tracking efforts, check the satellite tracking blog.