Wednesday, October 30, 2013

140 Spooners, 1200 Nordmann's

From Nial Moores, posted on Oriental Birding:

Dear All,

In case you missed the press release by the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (SBS) Task Force yesterday, would like to share the news with everyone on this list (and ask you please to pass it on to your contacts and colleagues) that survey of the Rudong and Jianggang coast, Jiangsu Province, China earlier this month found 140 Spoon-billed Sandpiper and 1200 Nordmann's Greenshank!

The Korea-centric English language version of this SBS Task Force press release is posted on the Birds Korea home-page, along with a couple of really choice images:

The Korean language version is at:

There should be other versions of this press release posted by other SBS Task Force members appearing soon on websites near you...

During the same survey period of October 15th-19th, led by SBS in China and supported by a team of international shorebirders from the Task Force we also found a flock of 53 Dalmatian Pelican (this number had increased to 79 on the Jiangsu coast as of October 27th, news via Zhang Lin), a single flock of 2550 Saunders's Gull (and many more smaller flocks), several groups of Black-faced Spoonbill (including at least two colour-ringed birds), several Relict Gull and large numbers of other shorebirds.

Much of this tremendous area is under imminent threat of reclamation, as elsewhere in the Yellow Sea.

In order to help avert another Saemangeum (where still four Spoon-billed Sandpiper this October nonetheless), there is an urgent need to support the local organisation SBS in China  so that they can keep up with their great work.  Please visit their facebook page (at: and please find ways to help them and the tidal-flats they are are working to conserve. 

As everyone knows, there really is no point in having a captive flock somewhere if there is no habitat for these birds to use in the wild.

Now in the hope of more good news from the wintering grounds...

Best wishes,

Nial Moores PhD (Conservation of Avian Biodiversity)
Birds Korea

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