Phil works full-time as bird tour leader for Bird Holidays in Leeds and undertakes these expeditions as part of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force. He funds himself and says it has been difficult to visit as often as he would like. He has made various discoveries along the way, including many vagrant birds in Siberia. If asked, he would guess that his best find was a western meadowlark near Provedenya in 2004.
Anyone ever estimated typical flight height of Spoonbilled Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)? Are SBS usually found in flocks of other waders and migrate in mixed spp flocks or solitary? #spoonbilledsandpiper #savespoonie @BirdLife_Asia @SayamChowdhury @SBS_in_China @EAAFP
Valuable life histories from colour flags help reveal #savespoonie flyway and demography. Birders and photographers making a big contribution! @SayamChowdhury @SBS_in_China @EAAFP @BirdLife_Asia
Delighted to see that “Yellow VE” is still alive and photographed from Tiaozini, China by Feng Qian last weekend! Yellow VE was flagged in August 2017 in Kamchatka, Russia by Dr. Yuri Gerasimov; it wintered in Bangladesh in 2018, wonder where it wintered or summered in 2019–2020
Yet another example of the talent of our Russian colleagues currently visiting @WWTSlimbridge to discuss our spoonie headstarting project
Headstarting just 10 nests per year increases pop trend by 3% #SaveSpoonie @WWTworldwide https://twitter.com/_James1Phillips/status/1230978416993882113
Great catching up with Birdlife Russia, @WWTconservation @BazWWT & the Spoonie team @WWTSlimbridge 2day...There are biscuits & then there are amazing Spoon-billed Sandpiper gingerbread biscuits. Wonderful biscuits made by Nikolai’s wife, just possibly the best biscuits ever made! 3