Well, that’s it … all over for another year. Somewhere during this highly productive scan-fest we surpassed 20 000 flag and band sightings for Bohai, a fantastic achievement and a very complete and useful five-year data set. A few days later we reached 5000 sightings for the year, a new record for us. A few more days and we broke our annual colour-band record and when counting up number of individual birds were pleased to see another increase on previous years! It has been a highly successful trip!
Oh, what a 10 days it had been. Shorebird numbers continue to rise on the mudflats and in the saltpans as birds pile in from throughout Asia and Australasia. We have had some excellent scanning in the last week, comfortably some of the best we have ever had in April.