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Table 2 Distance and duration of major migratory movements for 11 satellite-tracked Grey Plovers, 2011–2014

From: Migration routes and strategies of Grey Plovers (Pluvialis squatarola) on the East Atlantic Flyway as revealed by satellite tracking

  Total migration distance (km) Max. nonstop flight (km) Number of stopover sites Number of travel days Number of stopover days Migration speed (km/day) Travel speed (km/day)
(a) Entire route wintering—breeding sites
 Spring
  Median 5533 2147 6 4 77 70 1309
  Min 5013 1171 3 4 72 50 903
  Max 5640 3611 7 6 97 71 1425
 Autumn
  Median 5453 2977 5 6 46 111 891
  Min 4586 1964 4 4 20 35 575
  Max 6626 3510 6 10 145 244 1380
(b) Wadden Sea—breeding sites
 Spring
  Median 4467 3346 2 4 7 480 1358
  Min 3827 1171 1 2 0 186 836
  Max 5232 3978 5 6 18 1550 1752
 Autumn
  Median 4491 3011 3 4 31 120 1181
  Min 3598 1964 2 3 8 105 513
  Max 4727 3510 6 9 39 373 1373
(c) Wadden Sea—wintering sites
 Spring
  Median 970 566 1 1 6 188 1312
  Min 792 409 0 1 0 80 1284
  Max 1041 1041 1 1 11 1041 1370
 Autumn
  Median 1167 947 1 1 0 912 1400
  Min 900 778 0 1 0 199 1052
  Max 5375 3408 2 4 9 1937 1937
  1. Distance and duration between (a) wintering and breeding sites, (b) the Wadden Sea and Arctic breeding sites, and (c) the Wadden Sea and the wintering sites. Migration speed (km/day) is the overall migration speed, including stopover times; travel speed (km/day) is the average distance covered on travel days only. Given are the median, minimum and maximum values; for individual datasets and sample sizes see Additional file 5: Table S2