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 by Jason Loghry I had an amazing weekend beginning with a lecture to a small group of students given by Dr. Nigel Clark, Head of Projects at BTO and very actively involved in Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation. I was … read more
Highlights from Nial Moores, Kevin Johnson, Vince Smith, Therese Catanach and Kazunori Yoshizawa. A belated report on a week in the field, at Seosan (25th), Mokpo, Heuksan Island (26th-29th), Gocheonnam (30th), the Geum Estuary (31st) and several sites between Jeonju … read more
Mr. Spike Millington, Chief of the Secretariat of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, September 5th 2012. Reproduced with permission. “Yubu Island is Korea’s most important shorebird site and large numbers of shorebirds depend on this area during their migration. It … read more
Nial Moores (PhD, Director of Birds Korea), September 5th 2012 Figure 1: A “Shopping bag” of shorebirds: appropriate treatment? Yubu Island, September 4th, 2012. Image copyright of Lee Jung-Kyu. On September 4th 2012, two Birds Koreans (Ms. Lee Jung-Kyu … read more
Jason Loghry, August 30th As part of ongoing research for Birds Korea on the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, six individuals (four post-breeding adults, one adult in non-breeding plumage, and one juvenile) were found during a two week survey (Aug 14-26) … read more
Bird Report by Jason Loghry with Park Seonyeong and Bradlee Sulentic. As part of our research on the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, our team set out early on Saturday morning to survey Yubu Island. It was a long day and … read more