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Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.

Beginning to pair up

Karin writes:

Things are beginning to move very quickly now. Given the need to fledge young before the end of the short arctic summer, the birds have no time to waste.

Each of the three teams that went out into the moraine hills and plains, areas in which we had many nests in the past, saw Spoon-billed Sandpiper either singing, displaying or pairing up.

Though Baz said today of the moraine hills and their still-iced ponds that they are “Bleak and barren as the Yorkshire moors, but with less birds,” in short course a few nests will surely be established there.

At the coast he and I saw a pair of Spoon-billed Sandpiper today, with the male displaying and singing at the water’s edge, before they flew calling toward the hills.

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