Pecking Average

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

In a recent post I noted the sandpiper’s method of speed-pecking, and hypothesized that the bird might only get a bite to eat in one peck out of ten. A scientific reader challenged me to find out the actual percentage of the bird’s hits by filming it in slow motion. The video above responds to that challenge. I’m a little pressed for time right now so I will leave it to this reader, and any other reader so inclined, to perform the necessary observation and calculation, and hopefully post it in the Comment section below.

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

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