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Record-breaking 120,000 Ruffs counted in Belarus

Turau meadows is one of the most important wader breeding sites in Belarus including large populations of Great snipe Gallinago media, Black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa, largest Belarus breeding populations of Terek sandpiper Xenus cinereus, Ringed plover Charadrius hiaticula, and Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus.
While Turau meadows is also known as the largest stopover site for the Ruff Calidris pugnax during their spring migration across Europe, at the end of April this year the numbers were a surprise to everyone. A group of ornithologists, including researchers from APB -BirdLife Belarus and Turov Ringing Station (NAS of Belarus), registered a record number of 120,000 Ruffs in a single day!

Read the full story here: http://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/record-breaking-120000-ruffs-counted-belarus

Featured image: Ruffs on Turau Meadow ©Victor Natykanets