A bird visitor from Finland

Richard ffrench


A most interesting and unusual record was brought to my notice through the kindness of Roland Staav, a Swedish ornithologist whn visited Trinidad and Tobago late in 1974. On 8 February 1970 Mr. Joseph Nandalal discovered on the seacoast at Chaguanas, Trinidad, a bird which he called a "seagull" a popular local name for any white seabird. It was exhausted and hungry and he cared for it. Its leg bore a ring (or band) with a number which Mr. Nandalal sensibly reported. lt turns out that the bird was a Common Tern, Sterna hirundo, ringed as a nestling by Mr. Olof Sjoblom on 2 July 1968 at Trutgrund, Korpo, Finland.

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