At the same time that the Bar-tailed Godwits we see in Western Europe are making relatively modest journeys west and south in late summer, some of those of the baueri subspecies are undertaking nine-day, non-stop flights from Alaska to New Zealand. Their round-trip migration to Alaska breeding grounds covers approximately 30 000 km in 3 transoceanic flights, including the longest nonstop flight recorded in birds (Gill et al. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Journal of Animal Ecology. Change ), Map downloaded from www.bto.org on 15 August 2016, Contrasting extreme long-distance migration patterns in bar-tailed godwit. For the next six months though godwits of all ages will be visible on New Zealand shores. That way, the movement and survival of individuals can be monitored using a telescope instead of relying on recapture. Using this technology, we compared the migration performance of two subspecies of bar‐tailed godwit Limosa lapponica travelling between non‐breeding grounds in New Zealand (subspecies baueri) and northwest Australia (subspecies menzbieri) and breeding … During fall migration, a Bar-tailed Godwit like this one will fly over the Pacific Ocean, making a non-stop flight of 7,000 miles from Alaska to New Zealand. These high resighting rates are a consequence of focused searches by WWRG members and reports from birdwatchers submitting their records to sightings@wwrg.org.uk. The news reported by The Guardian says that flying at an average speed of 55 miles/hour, the bird started from south-west Alaska, USA on September 16 and 11 days later, it arrived at Auckland, New Zealand. Map downloaded from www.bto.org on 15 August 2016. In 2007, satellite tagging successfully recorded the travels of a bird dubbed E7 from New Zealand to East Asia and Alaska. Marked birds had been seen in Alaska and then reported in New Zealand some days later in a time scale that would not allow for the birds to have made a stop over. A bar-tailed godwit searches for food in the Firth of Thames. A godwit bird has set a record for the longest non-stop flight covering 12,200 kilometres in 11 days. Given the worsening conservation status of Bar-tailed Godwits and the gaps in our understanding of what is happening to birds that visit the Wash SPA, the WWRG decided that it would help if birds could be monitored through colour-ringing. 581 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). A., Gill, J. With special attention to flyway populations making use of the Wadden Sea. 10.1111/1365-2664.12582, Declining adult survival of New Zealand Bar-tailed Godwits during 2005–2012 despite apparent population stability. It’s hoped the research will allow greater understanding of the birds’ decline in New Zealand. Learn more about the amazing migration of Bar-tailed Godwits on the New Zealand Science Learning Hub, Contrasting extreme long-distance migration patterns in bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica. Bar-tailed godwit. Over the next few years it will be possible to estimate annual survival probabilities and to monitor how these change in the medium to long term. One of the fascinating things about migration is the way that different populations of the same species have developed radically different migration patterns since the last Ice Age, the global maximum extent of which was reached only 20,000 years ago. A catch of 505 Bar-tailed Godwits seemed like a game-changer, including 22 that were already wearing rings. The map alongside shows the full set of BTO recoveries (purple) and foreign-ringed birds found in Britain & Ireland (orange). The bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) is a water bird.It is a large wader in the family Scolopacidae.It breeds on Arctic coasts and tundra mainly in the Old World, and winters on coasts in temperate and tropical regions of the Old World.. Its migration is the longest known non-stop flight of any bird and also the longest journey without pausing to feed by any animal. Two subspecies, menzbieri and baueri, use the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and are both undergoing extremely rapid declines, in large part due to severe habitat loss in the Yellow Sea. ( Log Out /  "We know their populations are going down and we're trying to pinpoint what the cause of that is". "We know these birds are somewhere else in the skyway and have stopped off... we've always been aware birds have stopped off in odd place, this gives us context". Colour-rings and flags have shown that there has been a sudden drop in survival rates for Bar-tailed Godwits and other species using sites in China and other rapidly developing countries of South-East Asia, leading to urgent calls for conservation initiatives at an international scale. "With this new programme we've got going I've got the ability to be down here when we think the birds are going to arrive and meet them on the day," he said. This recent discovery excited ornithologists around the world. Recent research reveals that some individuals from the East Asia/Australasia Flyway population made a nonstop flight of over 11,000 km, the longest continuous journey that has ever been recorded for a landbird. As luck would have it, only one of the birds from August 1976 has ever been found abroad – a bird shot in France in February 1985. For some time it had been mooted that the baueri race of Bar-tailed Godwit travelled from Alaska to New Zealand non stop. doi:10.1111/ibi.12586, Delta du Saloum: Palmarin, 19-21 août | Senegal Wildlife, Bar-tailed Godwits: migration & survival | wadertales – Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog, Wetland Bird Survey: working for waders | wadertales, Waders are long-lived birds! Bar-tailed godwit flies more than 12,000km from Alaska to New Zealand in 11 days Daniel Boffey in Brussels Tue 13 Oct 2020 07.12 EDT Last modified on Wed 14 Oct 2020 02.42 EDT The male bar-tailed godwit flew over 12,000km (7,456 miles) non-stop in 11 days in its annual migration from its nesting ground in the Alaskan tundra to spend winter in the southern hemisphere. By BirdLife International ) significant catch did not take place until 11 February 2012 when. Area ( SPA ) ; lapponica from Norway through to western Siberia and Alaska flagged '' with bar-tailed godwit migration route tag can. 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