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Sight Records of Willets in Alaska

Willet T. Van Velzen
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
65
Issue: 
2 (March-April)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1963
Pages: 
167

Sight Records of Willets in Alaska.--On August 8, 1961, Glen A. Sherwood and I observed two Willets (Catoptrophorus semipalamatus) in the Minto Lakes area, approximately 50 miles west of Fairbanks. The two birds, flying together, passed us at very close range. The following day, accompanied by Peter E. K. Shepherd, we saw a single bird, also ln flight at close range, in the same area. These are apparently the first records for this species in Alaska since the report by Hartlaub (Jour. filr Omith., 31:257-286) in 1883 on the basis of which it was included on the hypothetical list by Gabrielson and Lincoln (Birds of Alaska, 1959:828).-WILLET T. VAN VELZEN, Otsego, Michigan, April 2,1962.

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