After spending the winter far apart in Eastern Sudan and Western Saudi Arabia respectively, Boris and Irina have apparently reunited in Azerbaijan during their long journeys home to Kazakhstan.
With Spring in the air – Boris, Irina and Ainur, the three Sociable Lapwings we fitted with satellite tags in Kazakhstan last summer, have all left their wintering areas and are now on the way back to their breeding grounds.
Following the discovery that Irina had reached North West Saudi Arabia in late October, further satellite transmissions mid-November indicated she was still present near Tabuk.
Irina is now in North West Saudi Arabia near Tabuk and appears to be in an area of irrigated, agricultural pivot fields.
All three of our satellite-tagged Sociable Lapwings are still transmitting strong signals. Of note is the particularly fast migration south by Irina who is now in Eastern Turkey.
With a lack of trackable Sociable Lapwings to report on over the last year, we are delighted to now reactivate the Amazing Journey website to bring you news about the migrations of three new birds that scientists from RSPB and ACBK fitted with satellite tags earlier this year.
Irina is an adult female Sociable Lapwing tagged on June 4th, 2013 at Izendi, near Korgalzhyn in Central Kazakhstan. Her name means ‘peace’. 50.10435, 70.54905 In order to help our scientists spot her in a large flock during migration she was colour ringed. Her colour ring combination is green over blue on her left leg [...]