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Pectoral Sandpipers in Iceland
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Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos was an extreme rarity prior to 1980, but then became very regular (especially after 1985). This Nearctic shorebird is mainly found during the autumn (juveniles), although a few appear regularly in spring/summer. Nearly all the spring records come from the eastern part of the country with the first spring record for the western part in May 2002, but nearly all autumn records are from the south-west. The first record is a very strange one, a juvenile collected in December 1909 at Mánáreyjar, small islands (with no sandpiper habitat!) in NE-Iceland. 46 had been recorded up to and including 2006.

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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