Tell your story

The Global Shorebird Counting Program (Global Shorebird Counting) is not simply collecting data or submitting checklist. The Global Shorebird Counting is meant to be a program for the public to rise awareness about the sensitivity of our natural environment, about the vulnerability of its wildlife. Shorebirds are probably the fastest responders to negative changes taking place in habitats they are using. Our task is to let others know how sensitive this complex ecosystem is and how easily it can crash. Crashed sites offer nothing else but lifeless grounds. This is the last thing a shorebird conservationist, a bird enthusiast want to see.

While you are out in the field this weekend, think about all these facts and value what you see through your binoculars. Should it be a single Killdeer or a Red-wattled Lapwing, be glad they survived.

If you are out counting, take pictures with your camera or mobile phone and share it with us. Share your experiences and feelings about the birds you will be seen or about this initiative. Leave your feedback (comment) with this post or send it by email if you want to keep it private.

Northern Lapwing populations are rapidly decreasing in most part of Europe. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Northern Lapwing populations are rapidly decreasing in most part of Europe. © Gyorgy Szimuly


7 thoughts on “Tell your story

  1. I have been looking forward to this count as I saw shorebirds. My Saturday was to start in Blackstone on the Virginia Piedmont and I live in Richmond on the fall line 2 hours from the coast. This is really no problem for counting shorebirds. I see that many of the counting dots are along the coast which fine if you live there as most of the shore birds live there, but shorebirds can be counted from anywhere.

    Richmond is on the Fall Line on Interstate Highway 95 along the East Coast of the U.S.A. Other fall lines, include the fall line of the U.S.A. Gulf Coast in Tennessee, where the flat coastal plain begins to give way to rolling hills. Tidal waters can be found all the way to Richmond and online tide charts for mariners will tell the tide for each day and hour at each location.

    Shorebirds in tidal mudflats, like the low tide as the optimum time for probing the mud and feeding. A quick look at a tide chart for the nearest wide coastal plain water way will reveal when you can find mud flats far from salt water. Google earth will show the green, untried marshes that have exposed living mud at low tide.

    In the East Coast of the U.S.A. along the fall line, you can find Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer and even sometimes migrating beach birds such as the Semipalmated Sandpiper. Look for all of these in the spring and fall.

    Many of these show up further inland too along edges of rivers and lakes. World Shorebird Day is for the Whole world and you should not be limited by location. As the blog says to if you count shorebird habitat and do not find these that is something to report as well.

    Chamberlayne Swamp

    Chamberlyn Swamp
  2. Just checked my Bird Book and the White-rumped Sandpiper and Stilt Sandpiper are all over the flyway in the Interior of the U.S.A. and Baird’s Sandpipers is inland from the West Coast.

  3. Kitesurfers were in my shots for the shorebird counts. Shorebirds are the only ones that enjoy Shore Birds in the late Summer. Two Kite Surfers were also flying while I was counting Sanderlings and Semipalmated Plovers in VIrginia.

  4. Saturday’s shorebirds counting at Danube below Bratislava with Katarina and Richard was really awesome. We observed 7 wader species – 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, Red Knot, 8 Little Stint and 5 Dunlin. Beside it we had great views of 3 juvenile Little Gull, that were nicely comparable with Black-headed Gulls. 3 Little Egrets with bright yellow feet were nice as well. We are happy that we could take part on this global counting.

  5. I wonder how many people took this year, or plan to take next year, pelagic trips on World Shorebird Day to count Red-necked Phalaropes on the East Coast? Some other shorebirds can be counted in this way such as the Gray-tailed Tattler off of Alaska, but the Red-necked Phalarope is almost always offshore on the East-coast of the U.S.A.

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