Located only an hour from Auckland the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Pūkorokoro Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by.
WRYBILL for Bird of the Year!
It’s time supporters! Voting is open and we would love your help making Wrybill / Ngutu Parore Bird of the Year!
This year we have the option of picking our Top 5 Birds, and we will be supporting the other Braided River birds if you’d like to add them to your list too.
- Kaki / Black Stilt
- Tarapirohe / Black-fronted tern
- Tarapuka / Black-billed Gull
- Pohowera / Banded Dotterel.
NOTE: You’ll need to authenticate your vote to avoid any cheating this year, but check your Spam folder for the Forest and Bird email with your code and the link.
WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE WRYBILL?
Wrybill are the poster bird for braided rivers – unique birds in an awesome landscape. We need to look after those rivers to secure a future not only for them, but for other river birds – Kaki / Black Stilt, Tarapirohe / Black-fronted tern, Tarapuka / Black-billed Gull, and Pohowera / Banded Dotterel.
Found only in New Zealand most of the Wrybill population migrate to the Auckland region after breeding – yet few New Zealanders have ever heard of them. We, at team Wrybill – a collaboration of Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and Braided River Aid (BRaid) – want to change that. So if any of these birds are your favourite, it would be great to vote for them all, but even better if you put Wrybill at the top of your list.
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NEWS & UPDATES
2nd October 2019 – The Southern Migration Begins – An update from Lee Tibbitts at the US Geological Survey on the 23rd September 2019 confirmed that JoJo had left Alaska, flew over the Hawaiian Islands and then stopped, at least for a time at Teraina (or Washington Island), in the Line Islands, which is part of Kiribati. Meanwhile here we’ve recorded the first 16 Kuriri at Pūkorokoro Miranda. You can read more here about this first data from the southern migration, why we might not yet have heard from Amanda and Jimmy and what this may mean. Visit our Where’s Goldie? page for all the updates and project information.
Follow the Kuriri on Google Earth
You can watch with us as we follow the Pacific Golden Plovers on their journey up to the arctic to breed and back to us in summer. Download Google Earth and use the interactive maps to see exactly where the Kuriri are. Read more here.
Where are our birds now?
Here’s an overview of where the three Kuriri are on their migration.
|23 April 2019||Left Pūkorokoro Miranda|
|2 May 2019||Guam, Micronesia (c7,500km flight)|
|20 May 2019||Okinawa, Japan|
|26 May 2019||Shandong, China|
|7 June 2019||Heilongjiang, China|
|21 June 2019||Siberia|
|5 July 2019||Lake Selawik, Alaska|
|9 August 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|19 August 2019||Aleutian Island Chain, Alaska|
|21 August 2019||In flight back to Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|14 Sept 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|12 April 2019||Left Pūkorokoro Miranda|
|20 April 2019||Arrived Honshu, Japan (9,990km flight)|
|16 May 2019||Left Japan|
|19 May 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska (4,740km flight)|
|2 August 2019||Kinak Bay, Alaska|
|14/15 Sept 2019||Left Alaska|
|25 Oct 2019||Teraina, Kiribati|
|8 April 2019||Left Pūkorokoro Miranda|
|16 April 2019||Arrived Honshu, Japan (c9,000km flight)|
|17 May 2019||Honshu, Japan|
|23 May 2019||Siberia|
|29 May 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|8 Sept 2019||Last tracked in Alaska|
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