[Tweeters] Subject: Re: White-cheeked Starling

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Sat Apr 30 11:50:18 PDT 2016

To build on what Scott said, one late April a Navy ship I was on was 100 miles off Cocoa Beach, FL and we had several hundred swallows, a dozen or so warblers, a Spotted Sandpiper, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and a Brown Noddy land on the deck, which was covered in water from a fresh-water wash down. I've had similar experiences on Navy ships in the Med, Pacific, and Black Sea. It's not unusual.

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis

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Subject: [Tweeters] Subject: Re: White-cheeked Starling


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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