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Witness

August 21, 2010

Incredible. You come all the way to a remote island in the Greenland Arctic, and who should come knocking at the door? Jehovah’s Witnesses! Their material was in Danish, so we just had a brief chat about what we were doing in Greenland, and how he came to be out here (his daughter works here).

Two more wheatears ringed this morning, one of which also received a light logger to track its migration. I really hope we get some of the loggers back next year, it will be great to see what these birds actually do.  It has been suggested that Greenland wheatears might cross the Atlantic in the autumn straight to the west coast of Africa in one go, given a tail wind. This seems like a great risk for the birds though, and I would have thought crossing via north-west Europe would make better sense. These loggers should help us understand what is going on.

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