17/11/2017

Woodcock Phynodderee making most of weather on Swedish island

Map

By Chris Heward, GWCT Wetlands Assistant

Phynodderee, a woodcock tagged on the Isle of Man, has started her autumn migration. The last time we reported on Phynodderee she was taking a break on the Swedish island of Gotland in the middle of the Baltic.

Our satellite-tagged woodcock tend to migrate in long-bursts of flight, covering 600 to 1100 km, followed by a period of rest. The rest areas that the birds use, known as stop-overs, are important to migrating woodcock and we have some evidence to suggest that they can be faithful to the same favoured stop-overs year after year.

Map2

Stops may last just a couple of days, particularly if bad weather forces the birds to keep moving, but are typically around ten days. Phynodderee, however, has been on Gotland for at least three weeks - first transmitting from the island on the 26th October.

It's not surprising that Phynodderee is taking it easy. The weather on Gotland isn't particularly cold yet, so she's probably taking the opportunity to fatten up for the next leg of her journey.

Please support our vital woodcock project

Comments

woodcock

at 13:29 on 21/11/2017 by Nicholas Watts

She should stay on Gotland until cold weather forces her off as there will probably be more food there than in the UK

Make a comment

Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to provide you with a better online experience. If you continue to use our site without changing your browser settings, we'll assume you are happy to receive cookies. Please read our cookie policy for more information.

Do not show this message again