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 The Wilson Bulletin
DOI 10.1676/04-074
Volume 117
Issue 1
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher Wilson Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 12
Last page 14
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial Kuskokwim Bay
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N