I studied pectoral behavior in the American arctic (near Barrow) for 6 years
(some time ago). We regularly saw pectorals engaging in interspecific
behaviors, including mating displays directed toward dunlin chicks, a dead male
red phalarope, and adults of other species. bottom line, a pect male will
display at just about anything remotely the right size that shows up on its
territory. doesn't even have to move.
White Hall, VA
In a message dated 6/23/2006 12:27:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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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: