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 Pectoral Sandpiper

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Spring 2005
Fall 2004
Spring 2004
Winter 03-04
Fall 2003 1641
Spring 2003 435
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 589
Summer 2002 23
Spring 2002 145
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 1957
Summer 2001 51
Spring 2001 576
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 487
Summer 2000 12
Spring 2000 1533
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 508
Spring/Summer 1999 6

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Erolia melanotos (Vieillot)
Pectoral Sandpiper

Transient, common in Lower Peninsula; recorded only in Mackinac County in Upper Peninsula.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 416).

SPRING.-Arrival in southern counties is reported mainly from the second and third weeks in April to a corresponding time in May. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area L. W. Campbell (1940: 77, 189, 203) reported the species from the last week in March through May, main flight (a flock of 500 on April 9, 2023) averaging April 10 to May 8. At Detroit, Swales found Pectoral Sandpipers chiefly in late April and the first part of May:25 on April 28, 1907; 12 on May 9, 1908; 20 on May 11, 1907; 8 on May 18, 1907. They have been common in spring in the Ann Arbor region: 3 reported on April 9 (1918, U.M.M.Z.), 75 on April 12 (1923), 100 on April 25 (1934), 200 in a single flock on April 30 (1890). In Jackson County, where their status is similar, Fargo found about 180 on April 27, 1924, and (mainly in the vicinity of Portage Lake) R. E. Olsen, A. D. Tinker, and Trautman observed 200 on April 29, 1934. Walkinshaw (1941: 116; and notes) recorded Pectoral Sandpipers in the Battle Creek area during several spring seasons in the 1930's. He listed these waders at Augusta, Kalama- zoo County, on March 20,1932; in the same county Gibbs (1885:151) found them not rare but very irregular, whereas F. W. Rapp (1931: 9), at Vicks- burg, called them rare. Three miles north of Linwood, Bay County, D. D. Law collected an individual (U.M.M.Z.) on May 11, 1939.

SUMMER.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 77) listed the species twice in the latter half of June in the Erie marsh, collecting a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on June 21, 1936, and observing 6 on June 25, 1934.

FALL.-Movement seems to take place principally from mid-July to October. On Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinac County (Van Tyne, 1923:22) , this species was "seen rather frequently during August of 1919 and 1920." Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) reported it every summer (1934 to 1937) at several points in the Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, area, and collected specimens (U.M.M.Z.) there on August 6, 1934, and September 6, 1937. Clyde M. Smith took 3 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) at Bellaire, Antrim County, on October 15, 1939. On Saginaw Bay, this wader was observed in Huron County (N. A. Wood, 1912o: 182; N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 281), on Charity Island on July 27, 2023 (1 in U.M.M.Z.), and at Oak Point on August 24, 1908. At Fish Point, Tuscola County, it was found from mid-September (1925, 4 specimens in U.M.M.Z.) to mid-October (100 birds on October 15, 1925; October 17, 1925, 2 in U.M.M.Z.) and to November 4 (1927, 1 in U.M.M.Z., by Walter Koelz). Barrows (1912; 182-83) reported "at least 300" near Lansing on August 19, 1897. In several southern counties the species has been observed more or less commonly from early July to sometime in October: in Kalamazoo County it was found to be not rare but irregular by Gibbs (1885:151) and rare by F. W. Rapp (1931:9) ; a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected at Austin Lake, Kalamazoo County, on October 30, 1880; in Calhoun County at Mud Lake, Convis Township, 50 were seen August 12,1934, by R. E. and H. A. Olsen; in Jackson County at Portage Lake numbers up to 20 were often reported from early July to mid-October at least, and 50 on October 3, 1937, by R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker; in the Ann Arbor and Detroit regions similar numbers were found on October 22, 1918, 2 birds were taken at Ann Arbor by Max M. Peet. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 77, 189, 203) the Pectoral Sandpiper has occurred from the first week in July to late November, main flight averaging July 18 to October 2.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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