(FWD)[BIRDWG01] Aleutian tern
mprice at mindlink.bc.ca
Tue Feb 2 21:10:31 PST 1999
Are there any Alaska-experienced Tweets who can help Alf Tore Mjös?
>This is a request from The Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF), regarding
>help needed considering a record of Aleutian tern in Norway.
>In late September 1997, a juvenile/first winter Aleutian tern was claimed
>at Jaeren, near Stavanger in SW Norway. If accepted, it will be the first
>for Norway and a second for the Western Palearctic following an adult at
>the Farne Islands, GB in 1982 (if I'm not mistaken).
>It was seen by a single person, only in flight, but seen well and at
>close range. The observer is very experienced, and he has submitted a
>colour sketch of the bird showing all plumage details except the colour of
>The problem is, of course, that birds in transitional plumage from
>juvenile to first-winter are not documented in the identification
>literature, at least not in "Terns" by Malling Olsen and Larsson, or in
>ID-articles published in the Hong Kong Bird Report and Forktail. Has
>anyonbe ever seen a first-year bird later in the autumn than the end of
>We would very much like to get in contact with birders with field
>experience of Aleutian tern in immature plumage. Any names, pointers to
>literature other than the above mentioned, are most welcome.
>Please reply directly to me.
>Alf Tore Mjös
>Alf Tore Mjös
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