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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Pectoral Sandpiper

 

 

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Pectoral Sandpiper

Calididris melanotos

 

  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Calididris melanotos
  • UK: Passage migrant. 56 UK records a year (BTO)
  • WI: Scarce visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years. Approx 40 previous records)
  • Breeds: Arctic coast of East Siberia, North America, winters in South America
  • Habitat: wet fields , freshwater pools, marsh or lochsides, boggy ground on (migration mudflats)
  • Fat-bodied, small-headed , larger than Dunlin. ID amongst waders - sharp contrast between the dark-patterned chest and the white belly (pectoral line). Yellowish legs. Bill has pale base. 2 pairs of white lines down the back like a pair of braces. Males in breeding season have an inflatable throat sac - expands and contracts rhythmically during display flights and creates a series of hollow hoots

 

Pectoral Sandpiper records in the Western Isles

Scarce visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years. Approximately 40 previous records)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Pectoral Sandpiper is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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