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Common Cranes (Grus grus) yesterday at Gallows Bridge Farm BBOWT reserve.

Posted Sunday 10th May 2015 at 12:59 by Rick and Elis
Our effort for Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day results in a rare find but few waders.

Our intention for the eBird Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day was to search out waders in our local area. We had hoped that a Curlew Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper seen earlier in the week would stay, but it was not to be. We started our day at Little Linford Nature Reserve.
It was relatively quiet and we were disappointed not to hear a cuckoo although we did see some...
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Are you joining in eBird's Global Big Day to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day? We a

Posted Thursday 7th May 2015 at 13:06 by Rick and Elis
But of course you'd expect us to point out that WMBD is not just about cuckoos, doves, quails swallows, warblers wheatears and the like, although these birds are significant and important, it is also about waders of many kinds. We will be thinking especially about some of them out there on lengthy migrations to their breeding grounds far to the north. Like the Little Curlews we have been following on their way from Australia to China and Russia and the Red Knots battling from Patagonia to the Arctic....
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A grand day out!

Posted Friday 17th April 2015 at 12:46 by Rick and Elis
The days running up to publishing the Wader Quest sponsors' newsletter can be, to say the very least, fraught. As a result of all the pent up stress it is always a good idea to have a day off on the day following publication and distribution, to let the pressure out of my veins and remove all thoughts of editing from my addled brain.

So, what do wader conservationists do to unwind and forget about their day to day troubles? Well they go wader watching of course...http://www.waderquest.org/2015/04/a-grand-day-out.html
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Great Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit tagging - news from Chris Hassell and the Global Fly

Posted Sunday 12th April 2015 at 16:12 by Rick and Elis
It has now been joined by six more all winging their way north; six are on the Chinese coast and one, the latest one to leave, is 370km north of Roebuck Bay over the Timor Sea.
Three Great Knots flew directly to Zhejiang Province and are in bays 200km apart. This is a flight of 5,200km. They took about 4 days so were averaging about 54kmph. One of these birds went 200km inland when it reached the Chinese coast but then swung round and landed on the coast. This track certainly surprised us!.....
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Long-billed Curlew tracking project.

Posted Thursday 9th April 2015 at 12:52 by Rick and Elis
The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) has been studying Long-billed Curlews in Idaho, USA, since 2009. When the project began, our goal was simply to help the Idaho Department of Fish and Game monitor a population of curlews that were nesting in southwestern Idaho near the towns of Emmett and Middleton. On our first day of surveys in 2009, the crew came across a dead curlew in the middle of the road. It had been shot...
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