Hanna is on the move again

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After spending the winter in Gujarat, since early February Hanna has been based further north, very close to the border with Pakistan.  She is presumably building up strength before tackling the arduous journey across the mountains back into Central Asia.

Hanna has started heading north
Hanna has started heading north

Hanna is the only one of our remaining four tagged birds who has begun a spring migration.  Boris and Shirin are still in Sudan, neither straying too far.  Both birds spent a considerable time in the same location north-west of New Haifa, then headed further south-west to separate areas.

Boris's overwintering area
Boris’s overwintering area
Shirin's wintering grounds
Shirin’s wintering grounds

 

Irina remained in northern Saudi Arabia, very close to the border with Jordan.  As soon as the birds start to move, we will report it here.

Irina at the Saudi Arabia/Jordan border
Irina at the Saudi Arabia/Jordan border

Meanwhile, other Sociable Lapwings are heading back to their breeding grounds.  Our partners on the ground in Turkey have reported several sightings, the largest being a flock of 107 birds on the 2nd of March and another of 190 individuals on the 5th.  We will have more from-the-field reporting soon.