Rob Sheldon updates us on recent fieldwork in Saudi Arabia to locate tagged Sociable Lapwings and investigate the importance of pivot fields to wintering birds.
Ajaz joins Shirin, Nikoo and Sanjar in Sudan.
Other than Ajaz, most of the birds have been relatively settled over the last week.
Our tagged birds are beginning to reach their wintering grounds, although the final destination of the eastern birds in particular is as yet unknown.
Nikoo reaches Sudan, while Tesfaye is in Pakistan – with the other tagged birds expected to settle in wintering grounds soon. Kiryl has gone missing.
Paul Donald, Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB, tells us more about the autumn surveys in Turkmenistan.
Kiryl finally leaves the breeding grounds and heads off towards the Middle East and North Africa.
Sanjar’s migration takes him deep into Saudi Arabia, while the other birds on the western flyway are not far behind.
Both Boris and Shirin have made it back to Kazakhstan, and are now looking for a place to settle for breeding.