June 1 marks the first day of the meteorological summer—the three warmest months of the year—but the summer in Meinypil’gyno began with snow and frost. Tom is in awe of how the SbS and other tiny waders leave places like Myanmar in the hottest season, to fly all the way up the East Asian coast to breed and fledge young in frost, sleet and snow.
Now that the Spoon-billed Sandpiper has arrived, we are eagerly waiting for it to begin to mark territories, and establish pairs. Some of the team saw the first singing and displaying birds for the season today. Meanwhile we are watching what is moving through or settling in, feeding in the streams of melting ice and snow.