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Old 02-13-2009, 01:00 AM   #1
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Scientists flabbergasted by speedy birds
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Randolph E. Schmid, Ap Science Writer Thu Feb 12, 5:48 pm ET

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/...aPyM4t9.lI2ocA

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WASHINGTON Little songbirds cover more than 300 miles a day on their annual migrations, flabbergasting researchers who expected a much slower flight. For the first time, scientists were able to outfit tiny birds with geolocators and track their travel between North America and the tropics, something only done previously with large birds such as geese.

New tracking equipment, weighing only a little more than a paper clip, is now allowing the tracking of purple martins and wood thrushes, researchers report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
A fascinating read at the above site.
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:06 AM   #2
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I just read this at a different site . It commented where I read it that thier north bound return flight to breeding grounds was faster that thier south bound flight .

In a nutshell reason given for this was the early bird got the best picking for breeding locations and mates .
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And just think, they're probably even faster when they're not weighted down by tracking equipment!
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