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Which wader, when and why?

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This is a quick summary of wader migration, for British and Irish birdwatchers. The maps are taken from the migration book Time to Fly by Jim Flegg, published by the British Trust for Ornithology, and most of the images are kindly provided by Graham Catley.

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Autumn wader migration is one of the high-points of a birdwatcher’s calendar but why does it start in July, are the Dunlin that we see in August the same ones that are present in December, what are the vagrant waders we should we be looking out for and which species migrates from here to Galapagos and Chile?

Starting simple – birds from the northeast

greplFor two wader species that arrive in Britain and Ireland in the autumn, the migration story is straightforward: Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits fly here from the northeast.

The Grey Plovers we see are birds from western Siberia, leaving in a…

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