A huge highlight of joining shorebird research in the Yellow Sea, especially in Korea, is having decent chances to see the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Although we might have a project focused on other species, it’s very important for us to always keep detailed records, get images, and make videos of any Spoon-billed Sandpipers observed. In July, while researching Far Eastern Curlew at the Geum, I observed one adult Spoonie, which was very exciting. It was during a high tide roost count and the bird appeared to be an adult in post-breeding plumage. And then in August, I observed several different birds, including one individual that had been banded in Korea (white engraved A5 over orange). It’d be really useful to get information about that particular bird, so I’ve been trying to get in touch with banders at NIBR (See EDIT at end of post). I’ve uploaded all of these observations to my YouTube channel, so you can watch them there if you’d like.
Here’s a video of the banded Spoonie, trying its best to avoid a young but very persistent and seemingly hungry Peregrine Falcon. Luckily, the falcon wasn’t successful this time around.
It’s often easier to find Spoonies when picking through birds at a high tide roost, but sometimes we’re able to observe on tidal flats, and we’re getting a better understanding of where its most likely to find them away from high tide. Above is a video of a bird observed feeding in some of its better habitat at the site. Hope you enjoy.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And happy birding.
We received a message from Spike Millington, Secretariat of the EAAFP, about the Korean flagged Spoon-billed Sandpiper: “SBS A5 was banded at Yubu-do on 1 October 2016, the same day as A9, recently sighted at Rudong.” Thank you!
Bird News from Nial Moores with Xavier Vandervyre and Francois. Best for the day were excellent and prolonged views of several of the six Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper seen (with four full breeding-plumaged adults and a Second Calendar-year together; and … read more
In May 2016, Emu (journal of Austral Ornithology) published a special volume with the heading “The East Asian–Australasian Flyway: Population Trends, Threats and the Future”. The volume (Volume 116 Number 2 2016) included one paper from Korea entitled, “Reclamation of … read more
Between May 23rd and 28th I conducted a third round of shorebird counts as part of a regional project on the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper led by the wonderful SBS in China, funded by the National Geographic Air and Water … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores Between May 6th and 9th I conducted a second round of shorebird counts as part of a regional project on the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper led by the wonderful SBS in China, funded by the … read more
by Jason Loghry, May 28 2015 Each year, Spoon-billed Sandpipers fly from their breeding ground in Siberia and pass through Japan, Korea and China, down to Southeast Asia for wintering. The main threat this species faces is increasing habitat loss … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores, Jason Loghry and Choi Su-Yeon (aka Angela Choi) A total of c. 96 species were recorded on Eocheong between 10:20 on the 2nd (when part of the Birdathon) and 11:00 on the 4th, a period … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea, March 12th 2015 The Task Force News Bulletin 13 (February 2015), posted on the increasingly excellent EAAFP website, confirms that for now at least the rapid rate of decline of the charismatic and Critically Endangered … read more
관찰자 : Dr. Nial Moores, Mr. Andreas Kim, Prof. Robin Newlin, Mr. Jason Loghry, Mr. Patrick Black, 박진석, 하정문 낙동강 하구에서의 탐조 교육 프로그램과 연이어 진행된 이틀 동안의 탐조 여행은 정말 즐거운 기억이었습니다. 프로그램 동안 새로운 새와 생명의 터 멤버 … read more
관찰자 : 하정문, 이기산, 황해민, 서해민, 채지현, 김어진, 정대혁 지난 주말 동안 대학연합야생조류연구회의 학생들 몇 명과 함께 서해로 탐조여행을 다녀왔습니다. 1박 2일로 진행된 탐조여행은 1박을 하는 유부도를 중심으로 진행되었으며, 그 외에도 금강하구둑과 옥녀저수지를 목표로 삼았습니다. 하지만 금강하구둑에서 인연이 닿은 새만금시민생태조사단 … read more