Caspian Terns in NW China

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Subject: Caspian Terns in NW China
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 20:46:46 +1000
Steve Clark asked about Caspian Terns south of Urumqi.

De Schauensee in his Birds of China refers to the Caspian Tern as a passage
migrant in NW Xinjiang, (Sinkiang in his old Wade-Giles terminology), of
which Urumqi is the capital city.

Other references show the Caspian Tern right through this region, from the
Caspian Sea in a north-easterly direction right through to Xinjiang; e.g.
Tuck & Heinzel's Field Guide to Seabirds. Interesting isn't it, that Urumqi
is just about the furthermost city on the planet from salt water!

Just to add to the context, the Caspian Tern is also a regular Winter and
Spring visitor to Nepal.

So, I'd tick that one on your Chinese list without any hesitation Steve.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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