|The broad bill|
The species has two recognised races divided by their breeding ranges; the western nominate race breeds in Scandinavia and nearby Russia, and the eastern sibirica race breeds in a largely unknown range somewhere in Siberia. The main difference between the races, if they are different, is size, the latter being larger. The highest numbers of wintering birds are found in Asia and as far south as Australia, while the winter range of the western race is described as coastal and estuarine mudflats from Africa to India. All rather vague, and is there an overlap between the races' wintering ranges? There are many unknown details of this elusive wader.
|Broad-billed Sandpiper breeding habitat in northern Norway|
|Broad-billed Sandpipers are inconspicuous as they creep through the sedge-covered mires|
|The birds were ringed with individual-colour combinations of rings |
and fitted with a tiny geolocator (above the knee)
|One-year old birds have dark outer primaries|
|The primaries on birds more than one year old are all a similar pale (faded) brown colour|
By now, both the adults and their fledglings will be ready to fly south. So if anyone sees a colour-ringed Broad-billed Sandpiper do please report where and when. Help add a little bit of information to this secretive bird.
|The birds were processed quickly and soon ready for release|
|They all flew off back into the mire|
|But where are they now?|