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Spoon-billed Sandpiper, lime 01, at Rudong mudflats, China, by Chen Dong Ming

Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

BTO's Nigel Clark reports back from China as he takes part in an expedition to find out where Spoon-billed Sandpipers go.The SBS team is also looking for any of the birds that have been colour marked as part of the project to help save it from extinction.

First Cuckoo in Congo rainforest

Chris and BB have finished their desert crossings while Stanley is the first of our tagged Cuckoos to move down into Congo and make it to the Congo rainforest! A few of the other satellite tagged Cuckoos have made small moves south, due we think to drier conditions in some parts of Africa. Find out where the Cuckoos are now on the map here.  

BirdTrack App tutorial video

BirdTrack App video guides

For iPhone and Android smartphone users, the free BirdTrack App offers a great way to log sightings in the field, saving the step of adding records online later. It's straightforward to use and comes with built-in help pages. For those who haven't yet tried it or who would like some guidance, we have created video tutorials for the iPhone and Android versions.

Blackcap by Tommy Holden/BTO

Blackcaps on the move

During the last couple of weeks we have been receiving reports of exceptional numbers of Blackcaps being caught by ringers, particualrly in the western and central areas of the country. One site caught 1,198 Blackcaps in a seven day period! The ringer involved tells the full story in the BTO demog blog.

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