2016 Global Shorebird Counting sets new records

While checklists are still being shared with us, it is clear that the 2016 World Shorebirds Day and Global Shorebird Counting campaign met the expectations and set new records. The registration for the Global Shorebird Counting suggested a very high interest in this popular citizen science program but as checklists were accepted the numbers grew even higher.

In the short history of the Global Shorebird Counting Program we have got a total of 1,654 checklists. The growth from the 2015 counts is a stunning 52,48% which is most probably a result of an intensive 6 weeks long campaign, a little bit longer counting period and most importantly the amazing support from some key organisations in the Americas.


Another awesome result from this year is the number of reported shorebird species during the counts. Despite the almost complete lack of participation from the African continent, south of the Sahara, we managed to reach 126 recorded shorebird species which is 13 species more than in 2015. The only one South African checklist made a big difference in the number of shorebird species seen between 2–6 September. In 2014 and 2015 133 shorebird species have been recorded during Global Shorebird Counting and we even could still manage to add a few more waders what hadn’t been seen in the previous years. These are as follows:

  1. Double-striped Thick-knee
  2. Black Stilt
  3. Banded Lapwing
  4. Yellow-wattled Lapwing
  5. Tawny-throated Dotterel
  6. Pied Plover
  7. Comb-crested Jacana
  8. Pheasant-tailed Jacana
  9. Bronze-winged Jacana
  10. African Snipe
  11. Temminck’s Courser
Chorlo cabezon - Tawny-throated Dotterel by Leandro Herrainz on 500px.com

Tawny-throated Dotterel by Leandro Herrainz on 500px.com. Photo was embedded from Leandro Herrainz portfolio on 500px.com. All rights reserved to Leandro Herrainz.

On the other hand we missed quite a few species what was reported in previous years and these are as follows:

  1. Magellanic Plover
  2. Eurasian Thick-knee
  3. Water Thick-knee
  4. Spotted Thick-knee
  5. Beach Thick-knee
  6. Banded Stilt
  7. Spur-winged Lapwing
  8. Grey-headed Lapwing
  9. Wattled Lapwing
  10. Red-kneed Dotterel
  11. New Zealand Plover
  12. White-fronted Plover
  13. Oriental Plover
  14. Eurasian Woodcock
  15. Pin-tailed Snipe
  16. Great Snipe
  17. Spoon-billed Sandpiper
  18. Cream-colored Courser
  19. Burchell’s Courser
  20. Double-banded Courser
  21. Collared Pratincole
  22. Black-winged Pratincole
Cream-coloured courser by Gökhan CORAL on 500px.com

Cream-coloured courser by Gökhan Coral on 500px.com. Photo was embedded from Gökhan Coral’s 500px.com portfolio. All rights reserved to Gökham Coral.

Obviously we have a lot to do for having a lot more returning program participants and also covering the most important sites as well. We also have to make the goals of Global Shorebird Counting Program clearer with standardized counting methods. For making these fine tunings World Shorebirds Day has a brand new advisory team which helps to find the right direction and to reach more people from the less covered areas.

If you feel you can help in filling the species or geographical gaps of the 2016 Global Shorebird Counting results feel free to share your data through eBird with the username worldshorebirdsday.

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4 thoughts on “2016 Global Shorebird Counting sets new records

  1. Hi Gyorgy.

    I noted that you have said that the Beach Thick-knee (Stone -curlew) was not recorded – I had three on my list which was submitted on the ebird site 5th september – under Brunswick River Estuary … maybe I submitted wrongly but I included worldwide shorebird day in the comment line.

    Cheers Jan

    On 12 September 2016 at 06:34, World Shorebirds Day wrote:

    > Gyorgy Szimuly posted: “While checklists are still being shared with us, > it is clear that the 2016 World Shorebirds Day and Global Shorebird > Counting campaign met the expectations and set new records. The > registration for the Global Shorebird Counting suggested a very high inter” >

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