Godwit from Alaska - further info

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Subject: Godwit from Alaska - further info
From: "Denis Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 16:52:47 +1100
Further to my recent message about the Godwit from Alaska currently at Tuross, this report might help answer some of the questions which Brendan was hinting at - like which way do they go - around the top of the Pacific or directly across it?
From the Alaska Science Centre (part of the USGS - i.e., their "Geological Survey" Department)
"We used satellite telemetry to follow the migrations of two populations of Bar-tailed Godwits, a group of 9 from New Zealand (NZ) and a group of 15 from Western Australia (WA). The birds from WA represent a subspecies that nests in eastern Siberia whereas the New Zealand birds nest in Alaska."
There is a special report on one particular individual which took the "short cut" non-stop directly across the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand.
  • "On the early morning of August 29, she took off southeast back across the Alaska Peninsula, went out over the vast North Pacific and headed towards the Hawaiian Islands. When less than a day's flight from the main Hawaiian Islands, she turned southwest, crossing the Hawaiian Archipelago over open ocean 125 miles west of Kauai, heading towards Fiji. She crossed the dateline about 300 miles north-northeast of Fiji, and then appeared to fly directly over or slightly west of Fiji, continuing south towards New Zealand.
  • "In the early afternoon of September 7th she passed just offshore of North Cape, New Zealand, and then turned back southeast, making landfall in the late evening at the mouth of a small river, eight miles east of where she had been captured seven months earlier."
There is clear evidence that some Godwits fly the Pacific - seemingly without even landing once.
Very small numbers in the survey, of course.
But if one can do it, and knows the way, then that's pretty impressive evidence as far as I am concerned.


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