Spotted Redshank on passage in it's winter plumage, Eastern IranThe Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. It’s not bird you can usually observe on migration pathways in Iran. We are in search of Curlews this year and the search has brought us to some rare species and we’ve been able to spot, record and log it’s occurrence in one of the eastern passage sites.

The report and research is headed by Ali Sadr and conducted by Amir Talebi Gol in eastern Iran and is still on going. You’ll be hearing more from us soon regarding more findings and passage reports. The spotted Redshanks were observed in small number and only once. They were heading south after a small stop and will probably head to stay longer in rich Baluchestan river banks. The following map is drawn from observations and possible stops down to the south. Spotted redshanks don’t seem to like river mouths meeting the Sea of Oman and will probably winter in-land inside Baluchestan province. More updates will join soon, stay tuned.


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Magellan Station Observations and Reports, Spotted Redshank winter migration path southwards, E Iran

The spotted redshank is a medium sized elegant wading bird, slightly larger than a redshank. In summer plumage the adults are almost entirely black, save for some white `spotting’ on the wings, a white `wedge’ on the back showing clearly in flight, and a barred tail. In winter they have a gray back, and paler under parts, with a more prominent eye stripe than a redshank and lacking a redshank’s white wing bars. They migrate from northern European across and northern Siberian breeding areas, to winter in Europe, Africa, China and South-east Asia. They are a relatively scarce both wintering and breeding species in Iran.

In other hand Iran plays a vital role to shore birds and waders like Spotted Redshank giving them the ground to pass through and make their way down to Africa Through south eastern rich rivers and over the straight of Hormoz down to Oman and on their way south to Africa. We are still studying numbers, facts and figures and it is still soon to judge if certain paths and wetlands are helpful and promising to the waders journey through Eastern Iran.