The start of the Sociable Lapwings’ autumn migration in 2010 appears to be slightly later than in the previous years we’ve been monitoring them. However, we still don’t know a great deal about the timing of their migrations so this is probably quite normal. It is still very warm in central Kazakhstan and birds have been seen foraging, in areas where hay has been cut and wheat harvested, near to their breeding sites.
Of the birds that we have been monitoring in central Kazakhstan, Erzhan, our most seasoned traveller is perhaps, unsurprisingly, the first to make his move. He is now underway on his Autumn migration and, as you can see from his location on the map above, by August 19th he had travelled about 400 km south west of where he had been summering to the east of Lake Tengiz.