[Tweeters] Subject: Re: White-cheeked Starling
scottratkinson at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 30 02:19:27 PDT 2016
Keith's final comment on birds aboard ships in Japanese waters heading east is right on. This would be the correct time as far as correlating with spring migration, although in most areas of breeding we are already at the end of spring migration. This year birds were about two weeks early near Vladivostok, arriving in March. Still, a bird boarding a tramper in that region would likely need at least a week or two more, heading our direction, to be close enough to reach Tofino.
I've seen this species working the masts of trawlers in Pusan port (South Korea) so Keith's scenario makes a lot of sense to me. I think some in the community underestimate how much a role the marine industry plays in moving birds around...
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