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1 March 2005 OFFSHORE MARINE OBSERVATION OF WILLOW PTARMIGAN, INCLUDING WATER LANDINGS, KUSKOKWIM BAY, ALASKA
CHRISTIAN E. ZIMMERMAN, NICOLA HILLGRUBER, SEAN E. BURRIL, MICHELLE A. ST. PETERS, JENNIFER D. WETZEL
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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.

CHRISTIAN E. ZIMMERMAN, NICOLA HILLGRUBER, SEAN E. BURRIL, MICHELLE A. ST. PETERS, and JENNIFER D. WETZEL "OFFSHORE MARINE OBSERVATION OF WILLOW PTARMIGAN, INCLUDING WATER LANDINGS, KUSKOKWIM BAY, ALASKA," The Wilson Bulletin 117(1), 12-14, (1 March 2005). https://doi.org/10.1676/04-074
Received: 19 July 2004; Accepted: 1 January 2005; Published: 1 March 2005
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