Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Message to Alaska

Dear Alaska...
Just writing to let you know your Bar-tailed Godwits have arrived safely. Forty of them touched down at the Christchurch estuary this morning, marking the start of spring. Have you sent any more? We'll keep our eyes open anyway.
That's one helluva flight though: 11,000km non-stop. Maybe next year you could spring for a few air tickets...?
Your godwits are in good company - there're 23 species of migrant birds that use the Estuary as a sanctuary during the northern winter - 136 different bird species spotted there in all! So it can get a bit like Grand Central Station in a snowstorm, if you get my drift. If not, well, you just gotta get used to guano-strike!
Thanks once again for the godwits. We promise to take good care of them! Looking forward to the partridge in the pear tree, and the flying reindeer too, closer to date.
Kind regards: keep warm!
New Zealand. xx

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