Spoon-billed Sandpiper - image courtesy & copyright Nkenji
Thursday, 1 July 2010
First up some good local news about the existence of Pine Martens in Coquetdale, you can read the full story here. Also reading today about Spoon-billed Sandpipers, this enigmatic wader would probably feature on most birders 'most like to see list', doubly so because it's critically endangered. Add to that the latest research that found in Myanmar (Burma for the older reader) they taste good too and it's all a bit of a nightmare. If this story interest you I would recomend the full paper from Christoph Zockler and others via the Wader Study Group available here as compelling reading. One point I found very interesting was the suggestion that a captive breeding programme is being considered, I wondered whether this has been tried with a wader species before, is there a precedent?