With reference to Philip Palmer's note and photograph (Brit. Birds 86: 627, plate 231), it is not unusual for Whimbrels Numenius phaeopus to perch on overhead wires in The Gambia. Others and I have observed this and, indeed, one birdwatcher born and brought up in that country did not find the behaviour at all unusual. Whimbrels in The Gambia may perch on overhead wires simply as an anti-predator de


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