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.
Spoonie satellite tagging locations, 24 November 2019

Spoonie migration update – good and bad news :-/

Update from Baz Hughes and Guy Anderson Since our last update ten days ago (apologies for the radio silence folks), JY has stayed put at Beihai, Guangxi Province, China. Will JY stay put in southern China all winter like HU and CT did, or will it move on? We’ll keep posting regu
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EH at Pak Thale, 14 November 2019 Ayuwat (Ton) Jearwattanakanok 77

Ayuwat’s photos of EH on his big camera!

Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map.   This is the e-mail from Ayuwat I awoke to yesterday (Friday 15 Nov). “Attached here are photos of EH taken yesterday at Pak Thale. The bird was seen foraging with other small waders from around 9.00 until 1
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EH JY and KY migration route, 14 November 2019

EH, JY and KY – where are they now?

Update from Baz Hughes and Guy Anderson   Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map.   Yellow EH is still at Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bia in Thailand. And it has been spotted again. And photographed. Early this morning I received an e-mail from Nanc
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Migration routes of JY and KY, 9 November 2019

JY and KY are on their way too … to where?

Update from Baz Hughes and Guy Anderson Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map. EH remains at Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bia. Within 12 hours of arriving it had been seen on the reserve by visiting British birder Shaun Ferguson. Nice spot Shaun! Yesterday (8
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EH migration route from Vietnam to Pak Thale.

EH kept on going … to Pak Thale in Thailand

Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map. I awoke yesterday morning (6 Nov) to see a fix at Tonlé Sap Lake in Cambodia, about 500km southwest of the last fix in Vietnam. Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia and happens to be the site
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EH track 5 Nov 2019 Vietnam coast

Yellow EH flies 2,500km non-stop from Jiangsu to Vietnam

Update from Guy Anderson Yellow EH left Tiaozini, Jiangsu, sometime after 0238hrs UTC (1038 local time) on 4 November, and has flown non-stop, with a good tail-wind all the way, now heading for the Vietnamese Coast, about 30km south of Quang Ngai, or 150km south of Da Nang, arriving b
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2019 Satellite Tracking Update – 5 November

As readers may have seen from these expedition blogs, the autumn 2019 expedition to Jiangsu province on the Yellow Sea coast of China took place from 27 September to 4 October. Involving more than 40 people, the expedition was organised by Prof. CHANG Qing and his team from Nanjing No
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JY after tagging, Tiaozini, 28 September 2019

2019 Satellite Tracking Pages Go Live!

You can now follow the progress of our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking on the map here. Our IT whizz, Robin Jones, has developed a clever system which downloads data from the Argos data servers every ten minutes. These data are automatically imported into our telemetry database
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2019 Headstarted Chick '5X' almost ready for migration.

News from the Field: summary of the 2019 headstarting season

Update from Jodie Clements Apologies for the lack of updates from Meinypil’gyno this season! Technical problems and a busy season led to fewer updates this year, but here is a summary of events since the last post when eggs were beginning to hatch. Egg candling. Look closely and
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Spoon-billed sandpiper Lime M4 ringed as a chick in Russia in 2016. Photo by Kane Brides/WWT.

Spoonies in China: 2019 expedition complete

Update from Nigel Clark I start writing this as we are stuck in a traffic jam on the way back to Shanghai to catch our flights home. The trip should take 3 hours but we have only moved a kilometre in the last hour and a half. That is the problem of travelling on the Chinese golden wee
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