Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family overviews when you subscribe to Birds of the World. The southward fall migration often holds some drama for whimbrel trackers. It occupies open habitats—tundra for nesting; and mudflats, beaches, and saltmarshes the rest of the year. Migration route of secretive Steppe Whimbrel discovered The Steppe Whimbrel is the rarest and least understood member of the highly threatened Numeniini tribe (curlews and godwits). https://www.birdguides.com/news/steppe-whimbrel-migration-route-revealed The whimbrel's identity was confirmed the next morning by Gary Allport of BirdLife International, the world's foremost expert on Steppe Whimbrels. Last year, a number of birds overcame the challenges of migrating during Hurricane Irene by employing a variety of strategies, ranging from flying straight through the storm to hunkering down until it passes. Incredible flight over the open Atlantic Ocean was previously undocumented. Almost all of the Whimbrel that nest in Iceland migrate to West Africa after the breeding season, with just a tiny number wintering in Europe. 1. Another project sponsored by Fudan University in China has also seen us deploy 5 tracking devices on Whimbrel for the same purpose. Results from bird ringing suggested that return migration in spring from West Africa to Iceland often involves stop-overs in Ireland or Britain, as well as on the Atlantic coast of mainland Europe. The Eurasian whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae.It is one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic Asia and Europe as far south as Scotland.This species and the Hudsonian whimbrel have recently been split, although some taxonomic authorities still consider them to be conspecific. Whimbrels feed mostly on crabs and other marine invertebrates, which they extract from sand or mud using their outrageous bills. An elegant, brownish shorebird with a very long, curved bill, the Whimbrel announces itself with effervescent, piping calls. On the way back, the whimbrels don't travel in flocks, but split up and go all over the place, but especially down the Eastern and Western Seaboards. The Steppe Whimbrel is identified by its white underwings (© Gary Allport ) The Steppe Whimbrel is the rarest and least understood member of the highly threatened Numeniini tribe (curlews and godwits). Keywords: Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus, migration route, satellite tracking, North America Fig. But considering they were believed to be extinct 25 years ago, it’s unsurprising that we know so little about them. Recent radio tagging studies have revealed Whimbrel residing at staging sites on the way to breeding grounds but taking a direct route on the return journey. Mainly coastal sites during spring and autumn migration towards main breeding grounds in Iceland and Scandinavia, few birds breeding in far N. Scotland. Map of migration route for three whimbrels that were marked on a breeding ground in western Canada. Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation. The idea being to generate detailed data on migration routes and local movements on non-breeding, staging and breeding locations. Migration route of Steppe Whimbrel discovered. This map doesn't show the northbound migration route very well so i will point it out here and we'll see it in detail in a minute. Platform Transmitter Terminal (PTT) attachment on a Whimbrel that was captured along the lower Delmarva Penninsula in Virgini a on 20 May 2008.