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Offshore marine observation of Willow Ptarmigan, including water landings, Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska

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Abstract

We report an observation of Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) encountered 8 to 17 km from the nearest shoreline on Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska, on 30 August 2003. The ptarmigan were observed flying, landing on our research vessel, and landing and taking off from the water surface. We also report on one other observation of ptarmigan sitting on the water surface and other marine observations of ptarmigan from the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database. These observations provide evidence that Willow Ptarmigan are capable of dispersing across large bodies of water and landing and taking off from the water surface.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Offshore marine observation of Willow Ptarmigan, including water landings, Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska
Series title:
Wilson Bulletin
Volume
117
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wilson Bulletin
First page:
12
Last page:
14
Number of Pages:
3