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.

The 2015 headstarted birds move to their wintering grounds

A fourth bird from our 2015 cohort of headstarted birds was resighted n 16 November, this time in the Gulf of Thailand. Although the image is a little grainy the bird was identified as: P7 (pink left), a bird that was last seen in Chukotka on 3 August, aged 27 days old. The observer Mr Daeng, also noted an unidentified white flagged bird in the same area on 28 October, which could possibly have been the same bird.

P7 settling down for the winter in Pak Thale

P7 settling down for the winter in Pak Thale, Petchaburi Province, Thailand. 29 November 2015 (c) Mr Chaiya Pewpalapon.

The same bird was recorded again on 29 November, when a clearer photo was taken. Quite possibly P7 is settling down to over winter in Thailand.

The same group of observers also reported seeing U6, which was last recorded on 28 October in Yuboo-Island in South Korea having spent around a month in the area. It was great to hear that this bird was still alive and well.

The information we receive from observers about the movements of the birds along the flyway, especially in relation to the all important staging and wintering sites, all helps save this enigmatic little bird and many other birds that rely on the flyway.

U6 now in Pak Thale thailand Mr Chaiya Pewpalapon

U6 now in Pak Thale, Petchaburi Province, Thailand 29 November 2015. Having last been observed in Yuboo-Island, South Korea 28 October 2015 (c) Mr Chaiya Pewpalapon.


  1. Bill Morton Reply

    Hi, I also saw P7 at Pak Thale on 24-25th February. Observers: WS Morton JA Sparks.

  2. kamol wattanapongpornchai Reply

    I also saw P7 at Pak Thale on 13th November 2017

  3. Laurens steijn Reply

    Today (dec 7th 2018) I saw P7 at Pak Thale, I have a picture if needed

  4. Mohd Syafiq Sivakumaran Reply

    Hi, I photographed P7 at Pak Thale on 20th February 2020. I have photos if you need it.

  5. Baz Reply

    Hi – do e-mail me some high res photos please – baz.hughes@wwt.org.uk. Thanks Baz

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