Monday, 16 October 2023 08:59


What a day was had by all! World Migratory Bird Day 2023 at Urdaibai Bird Center was packed with events and visitors from all over the world.

This year the marsh was looking a little different due to the conservation work we are doing within the framework of our Next Generation Project. This work was the focus of our guided walk and everyone was keen to learn about what we are doing.


From building new habitats for birds, removing invasive species of vegetation or constructing protective barriers for breeding birds we are extremely busy guaranteeing the improvement of the biodiversity in the marsh.

The walk began in our interior observatory and then continued outside where people could really appreciate the habitat up close and see how we are organizing the conservation work.

WMBD 2023 paseo

Meanwhile, in our scientific ringing session, others were immersed in bird identification, tracking methods and habitat conservation.


In this session we were extremely surprised to capture a reed warbler. This migratory species would normally be in Africa at this time of year..


Another unexpected visitor also attracted a lot of attention from our observatory. The pectoral sandpiper, which arrived on October 15th, is a delight to see! 

WMBD 2023 pectoral

As more mud is exposed in the lagoon due to the conservation work, there are many shorebirds foraging for food. We have seen plovers, snipes and lapwings enjoying this peaceful haven which provides them with an excellent source of food.

Vrouwke the GPS tagged individual from Holland also seems to be very at home in Urdaibai. She has been with is for many days now and you can follow her movements here: Follow spoonbills from The Netherlands - NIOZ


The spoonbill is a really emblematic species here at Urdaibai Bird Center and we collaborate with a Dutch group tracking them. Werkgroep Lepelaar To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2023, we designed a spoonbill sweatshirt and all those who came participated in got the chance to win one in a draw.

WMBD 2023j

The winners have now been announced and so on that happy note we want to thank you all for coming to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with us.

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