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It's migration time on the Pacific, Mississippi and Atlantic Americas Flyways - Calid

Posted Friday 11th April 2014 at 23:27 by Rick and Elis
Following the summary of migrating plovers from the Americas, here is a selection from the classic wader group, the Calidrids.

The members of this genus that travel from North America to winter in South America are; Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated, Western, Least, White-rumped, Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers.

Red Knot Calidris canutus; Least concern, global population estimated at 1,100,000 individuals. Global population trend declining, American population crashed...
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The Simplest Things.....

Posted Tuesday 8th April 2014 at 23:49 by Green Sandpiper
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been in danger of losing my birding mojo. A frustrating few weeks with limited birds and birding opportunities will do that to you, you know. By the same token, its amazing how random events act to re- enervate you.

Last autumn, a particularly horrendous work week was infinitely brightened by the sound of a chiffchaff calling near my home, presumably readying itself for its journey south. (having seen how bad Scottish summers are, no bird...
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It's migration time on the Pacific, Mississippi and Atlantic Americas Flyways-Plovers

Posted Monday 7th April 2014 at 21:48 by Rick and Elis
There are 74 species of wader that occur in the Americas (including the Eskimo Curlew which is in all probability extinct). Of these 44 occur in North America and 60 in South America with 31 of these species travelling between the two.

There are, 6 plovers that occur in both North and South America; 5 of them are migrants that travel between the two continents and they are Grey, American Golden, Semipalmated and Wilson's Plover plus Killdeer. The 6th species, Snowy Plover also occurs...
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Wader Quest role of honour!

Posted Friday 4th April 2014 at 13:06 by Rick and Elis
The JustGiving link for donations for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme closed yesterday, the final result was a satisfying £3,260.56. To this will be added a certain amount from gift aid contributions and the total should reach £3,300.00. Our target was £3,000 so we are very pleased.
This does not mean we are going away. Wader Quest will now continue as a small charity raising funds for wader conservation projects across the world. If you like the sound of that why don't...
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Memories of Henares

Posted Friday 4th April 2014 at 05:42 by Moncho
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I have compiled some of the old photos of the area of the Henares, from the times previous to the Blog that would otherwise only exist in my computer. The quality is worse than the current that is not brilliant . But at the time I was glad of see these birds. Some of them were in my old hunting ground of the urban river Henares through Alcalá. As these cormorants.They were not usual in this part of the river. This couple had the coloring of the mating season, with white...
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