Epic jour­ney

Bird Watching (UK) - - News & Opinion -

A Spoon-billed Sand­piper reared by a WWT con­ser­va­tion­ist in Rus­sia was sighted by a friend in China just weeks later. The young bird was iden­ti­fied in Jiangsu, more than 3,000 miles from the Rus­sian east coast, where it was raised by avi­cul­tur­al­ist Jodie Cle­ments. Jodie, work­ing with the Birds Rus­sia field team, looked af­ter the Spoonie, known as ‘White 4H’ af­ter the colour and code on its leg flag, dur­ing a field trip in Au­gust. Amazingly, it was picked up by team­mate Kane Brides while mon­i­tor­ing birds in China a month af­ter be­ing re­leased into the wild.

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