Crashes in Migrant numbers may be World Wide

To: Carl Clifford <>, Birding-Aus Aus <>
Subject: Crashes in Migrant numbers may be World Wide
From: Tun Pin Ong <>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 06:21:53 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

It is important to convince the general public that
the reduction in shorebird's number is wolrdwide or
for some major flyways.

Despite the widely accepted downward trend there is
still a new species discovered among them - the
recently discovered but not-yet-officially- named
"White-faced" plover wintering in Thailand, Malaysia
and Singapore.

However, there is one exception - the endangered
Nordmann's Greenshank is increasing in Malaysia this
few years, at least for one site. Am I judging it too
narrowly by data collected on one site? It is hard to
get an overall picture for this particular case.

See the blog

For other unprotected sites such as the Penrhyn
Estuary in Sydney, the shorebird is getting
disappointing each year until it is so difficult to
spot a Red Knot nowadays during its peak southward

Tun-Pin Ong
St Leonards NSW

--- Carl Clifford <> wrote:

> Dear All,
> There are signs that species on the Australia-East
> Asia flyway are
> not the only ones experiencing drastic reductions in
> numbers. A
> report from the 'Independent" in the indicate that
> similar crashes in
> numbers of species using the Europe-Asia flyway are
> occurring, see
> crisis-812640.html
> I do not know if similar  reductions in numbers are
> occurring in
> species using the North America-Neotropics flyway
> are happening, but
> one would imagine that it may be so. Can anyone on
> the list add any
> information on this flyway?
> These reductions in numbers on the Europe-Africa
> flyway are very
> worrying, not only for birders. So many of the
> species are
> insectivores and are important in controlling insect
> pests in food
> crops. Reduction of yields in Africa's food crops
> would lead to even
> greater risks of famines on the continent, not a
> pleasant thought.
> Increases in pests in Europe's food crops would lead
> to higher
> production costs and therefore higher food prices in
> the third world.
> A drop in bird numbers certainly has the potential
> for disaster if
> you look at all the implications.
> Carl Clifford

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