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Doug is right about Greenland wheatears being real hard-cases. When they leave Greenland and the Canadian arctic after breeding, heading for the Sahara, they do not take the "easy" route thru Iceland, western Europe, and Iberia. I believe that they fly direct across the North Atlantic for at least 3,000 miles to their first landfall in North Africa. Rather similar to the southbound migration of blackpolls from New England to northern South America. Pretty incredible.

Hector Galbraith, PhD
National Wildlife Federation
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