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To: "WPB" <[log in to unmask]>
From: "Julian Bell" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 15:22:03 +0200
Subject: [WestPalBirds] Pectoral Sandpipier - odd behaviour?
Today, 22 June, a male Pectoral Sandpiper, calidris melanotos, turned up on
my local patch. This is unusual enough being only around the fourth
"county" record. However, its behaviour was perhaps even more interesting -
it was very vocal and then joined a couple of Common Snipe in a display
flight and was very aggressive towards them - actively pursuing first one
then the other.
Have others experienced such behaviour in Europe?
Pictures, along with a short movie can be found here:
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>Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 09:51:46 EDT
>Subject: Re: [WestPalBirds] Pectoral Sandpipier - odd behaviour?
>Excellent stuff Julian and very unusual indeed. Pectoral Sandpiper is a rare
>spring migrant in Britain with between 2 and 15 occurrences per spring and of
>the many that I have observed over the years, I cannot remember any behaving
>in such a fashion. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper present at Baker's Fen
>(Cambridgeshire) a couple of springs ago acted in a similar fashion
>though, displaying to
>Ruffs, whilst a pair of White-rumped Sandpipers was observed displaying in
>Norway this spring.
>I guess this late in the spring and at such a northerly latitude, it has
>decided to opt to displaying to its closest congener in the vicinity - Common
>Snipes in Norways case.
>Good Birding Always
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