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Re: MODERN BIRDS AND MIGRATION
Read Colin Pennycuick's papers on Whooper swan migrations between Iceland and
Scotland (sometimes Ireland). They're great reading and pertinent to several
of the topics you've mentioned.
John Bois wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Sep 1998, Matthew Troutman wrote:
> > However, this can be the case of
> > birds, but it still doesn't explain the motivation, which, I believe, is
> > linked to the seasons, the climate within the seasons, and the food
> > source during these seasons.
> But many if not nearly all migrations are coincident with reproduction.
> The question then becomes: Are the birds using the new location's food to
> "egg up"? Or, Are the birds trying to find a place that affords some
> protection from predators. Wetlands, Arctic tundra do both of these
> things. And don't forget some species arrive to the breeding ground
> already stocked up with fat reserves and don't depend so much on
> available resources.
> Wetlands are important reproductive havens. This is being daily
> illustrated by the excessive predation by mammals. This predation is
> often due to the increase in the amount of edge and the abilities of
> predators now to broach a formerly impenetrable swamp.