On A Whimbrel & A Prayer #8
August 2, 2017
On their way back
Exciting news over the past 2 weeks, our Whimbrels KS and KU in Siberia have started their southward migration!
KS left its nesting area on 16-Jul-17 and headed south-east for 636km to Magadan Oblast. It then replenished in the area for 4 days before making another 1,400km flight south-west to Khabarovsk Krai.
KU departed its nesting area just one day later than KS. It first traveled 136km south to another area along the Verkhoyansk Range. After staying there for 14 days, it started migrating again on 2nd August 2017. Within 4.5 hours, KU traveled more than 334km, averaging a speed of 74kph!
As of 21:00 (GMT+8) on 2nd August, 2017, both KS and KU are still migrating south. In 2 days time, we’ll be able to know their next stops.
Whimbrel by Silver Leapers via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]. Used with permission © 2017.
Whimbrel flock flying by ALAN SCHMIERER via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
All figures and tables prepared by Katherine Leung for the AWSG. Written by Katherine Leung for the AWSG. Edited and published with permission by Amellia Formby for Wing Threads © 2018.