My first ever shorebird research program

I was excitedly reading a recent e-mail received from the Head of the Bird Ringing Centre of BirdLife Hungary who confirmed that my application to study the migration of Little Ringed Plovers in Hungary was accepted and permitted. Now I can start to work on my first ever shorebird research program in detail as there is a lot to do. The breeding season is at the corner and we have to be in a hurry to get everything sorted by April.

The Little Ringed Plover is one of the commonest breeding shorebird species in Hungary. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Little Ringed Plover is one of the commonest breeding shorebird species in Hungary. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The program is about studying the migration of Little Ringed Plovers and learning more about the demography of the Hungarian (Central European) population. It is still not confirmed whether Serbia will join the program, but very likely they do. Resident and migratory Little Ringed Plovers will be ringed by inscribed colour-rings what is relatively easy to read in the field. By the rather extensive observation network in Europe higher number of recoveries are expected than by the usage of a single metal ring.

This study is now a part of the WorldWaders Research Program Series what is going to support the New Shorebirds Handbook Project. It sounds complicated, but in fact, I have worked long hours on it to make this integration simple.

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