Radio tag reveals epic phalarope journey

Female Red-necked Phalarope are more brightly coloured and do little of the care of their offspring. Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com)

Female Red-necked Phalarope are more brightly coloured and do little of the care of their offspring. Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com)

A tiny geolocator has uncovered a hitherto unsuspected extra-long migration by a Scottish Red-necked Phalarope.

An RSPB tracking device weighing less than a paperclip has helped scientists uncover one of the world’s great bird migrations. It revealed that one particular Scottish Red-necked Phalarope migrated thousands of miles west across the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, a longer journey than that recorded for any other European breeding bird. Continue reading