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Critically Endangered waders.

Posted Tuesday 21st July 2015 at 22:20 by Rick and Elis
The list of Critically Endangered waders makes grim reading; Black Stilt, Jerdon's Courser, Sociable Lapwing, Javan Lapwing, St Helena's Plover, Eskimo Curlew, Slender-billed Curlew and Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Of these Jerdon's Courser, Javan Lapwing, Eskimo Curlew and Slender-billed Curlew are almost certainly already extinct.
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Frustration for the Australian Wader Study Group team tracking migrating Little Curle

Posted Sunday 12th July 2015 at 13:58 by Rick and Elis
All four satellite transmitters on Little Curlews which were sending out regular signals until mid-May have now stopped transmitting. From elation just a few weeks ago when five birds carrying transmitters set off from north-west Australia we are now extremely disappointed that everything seems to have come to a complete halt. http://www.waderquest.org/2015/07/fr...der-study.html
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A day away from the office on the Essex coast.

Posted Friday 10th July 2015 at 20:46 by Rick and Elis
We have been meaning to visit the place where I saw my first Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings and Grey Plovers for some time, Point Clear in Essex. In the event it was slightly disappointing as the tide was rising and had come too high to have much mud visible but we did come across a couple of Eurasian Oystercatchers and Common Ringed Plovers at the point as well as seeing a pair of Little Terns avoiding a family playing with their dog on the shingle bank.http://www.waderquest.org/2015/07/a-...sex-coast.html
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New world waders in an old world setting.

Posted Monday 15th June 2015 at 16:57 by Rick and Elis
The pull of not one, but two Nearctic vagrant waders to see so close to each other on the southern shores of the UK, was too much to resist. We had managed too suppress our desire to go and look at the Greater Yellowlegs for some time, but it remained long enough in the area that when a Hudsonian Whimbrel showed up just along the coast, we were unable to resist any longer. http://www.waderquest.org/2015/06/ne...d-setting.html
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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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