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 M
The physical component of headstarting for me finished on 2 August, but the reality is that work never stops with any aspect of this project. There is always planning and preparation for the next year and, most excitingly for me, there are the reports from further along the flyway. On
Roland, Nicky and the team have been without internet for the best part of a week, but last night Roland sent some notes on what’s been happening. All the eggs hatched okay in the end. One chick was badly positioned in the egg and needed assistance once it became apparent that it was
08 June A very wet and quiet day on the surveying front; however, a very busy one for us all in the village. Pavel and Egor moved out to go and stay with Nikolai and Nastai, giving me a chance to give the house a deep clean and make sure everything was in its correct place before the
Roland has sent another bulletin through the ether from Russia, updating us on happenings from earlier in the month. Sadly no photos for now. 03 June Today was a good day as Roman had serviced and repaired the blue-black quad bikes, meaning we could now visit areas much further
27 May Today was a real trek, from the village down and along the Third River to the SW corner of Lake Pikul’ney and then North along the moraine hills on its Eastern shore towards an area known as the Cross, then into the moraine hills about a kilometre and back to the Third River an
22/05, got an invite from Andre to cross the ice on the second river and go out onto the coastal spit to see the whales and sea birds at close range. Thus far they’ve only been viewable through a scope at the river mouth (still very impressive, but will be better at close range)
Roland Digby has headed to Meinoypil’gyno to headstart another generation of Spoon-billed Sandpipers this breeding season. Despite a weak internet connection, he has managed to report back on his first few days: Arrived in Anadyr on 16 May; weather clear but very cold and, alth
Roland writes: Finally, we had had a day when it hasn’t rained all day and we’ve been able to weigh the birds and give them a general health check Although we had originally planned to move them into two groups forty-eight hours before the move to Moscow zoo, given the sta
Roland writes: Normally this type of aviculture is always carried out in biosecure environments, where disease risk can be prevented through the use of artificial substrates [the surfaces that the birds live and walk on] that can be easily clean and disinfected on a regular basis. Ini
The spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme is a collaboration between WWT, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
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