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Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Iceland
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The Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis remains a rather rare visitor in Iceland, compared to the status in western Europe where dozens are found every autumn! But some birds must surely go by unnoticed by Icelandic birdwatchers, which aren't that many.. The first records come from 1977, when single birds were seen at two different locations on 18 September. 25 individuals have been recorded up to and including 2011.

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  • Figure 1 shows the distribution of records in Iceland, the circles representing different numbers of birds and the blue triangles records at sea.
  • Figure 2 shows the weekly distribution of records. Red columns show the week of discovery and the yellow columns all observations after the first week (for birds that are seen more than one week).
    R = number of records & F = number of birds.
  • Figure 3 shows the annual distribution of records for the period mentioned.

    © Gunnlaugur Pétursson / Yann Kolbeinsson