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White-rumped Sandpipers in Iceland
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The White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis is the most regular Nearctic shorebird in Iceland, with 78 birds accepted up to and including 2006. All records come from late summer and the autumn. July-August records (and at least part of the September records) clearly reflect the post-breeding migration of the adults, the juveniles appearing in October. The first for Iceland were found in October 1956 (three birds) at Miđnes on the Reykjanes peninsula (SW-Iceland).

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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