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Cyril
Geneva, Switzerland

>Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 22:51:37 +0200
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>Subject: [EBN] Pectoral sac
>
>Hi all!
>
>A little background for the upcoming question: An adult Pectoral Sandpiper was
>found today near Bergen in western Norway. It was located in a marsh on the
>outer coastline, where species such as Common Snipe, Eurasian Curlew and
>Redshank breed commonly. There are no Calidris-species breeding there. It was
>actually seen when chasing two Common Snipes.
>
>The bird has developed a big sac in its breast. All info I can find links this
>feature to males at their breeding grounds, used to make their characteristic
>booming-sounds.
>
>Have a look at the bird and its sac here:
><http://cyberbirding.uib.no/photo/c_melanotos_02.php>
>
>My questions are: Is it known if Pectoral Sandpipers migrate with developed
>breast sacs? Could this indicate that the bird is territorial? Do first summer
>males develope such sacs?
>
>All the best,
>Frode Falkenberg
>www.cyberbirding.no