8 Sep 2010

Maybe of Interest, gleaned from the web.

  • Pectoral sandpipers are scarce passage migrants from America and Siberia. It is the most common North American wading bird to occur here and has even started to breed in Scotland very recently. Its brown breastband (which gives the species its name) and white belly are its most distinctive features.
  • Where to see them Almost any wetland area in the UK could attract a pectoral sandpiper, though freshwater locations are preferred.
  • When to see them A few are seen in spring, but the vast majority appear in late summer and autumn. Young pectoral sandpipers from the eastern coast of North America can be blown over the Atlantic by areas of low pressure.

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