There's been a Pectoral Sandpiper at Travis for the last few days.
Almost impossible to get close to.
It's the 3rd time in the last 10 years that one has been seen there.
Thanks go to Andrew Crossland for finding it.
09 Nov 2013.
Chambers Lake, Chester Co, PA.
I compared my photos to The Shorebird Guide (pp169-172) and to The Crossley ID Guide, and am comfortable with my field ID of Pectoral Sandpiper. The bright wing feather patterns, the head and breast patterns, the bi-colored bill, and the legs.
24 Oct 2011.
Stafford Ave, Manahawkin, Ocean Co, NJ.
The rufous color on the cap and the very puffed out plumage give this individual a look that confused me.
I was delighted to find a small group of pectoral sandpipers among the sharp tailed sandpipers and wrybill at Ellesmere's Crescent Island
A passable shot of a pectoral Sandpiper.
Note the sharp line of the breast plumage and the yellow at the base of the bill.
The Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) is a small, migratory wader that breeds in North America and Asia, wintering in South America and Oceania. It eats small invertebrates. Its nest, a hole scraped in the ground and with a thick lining, is deep enough to protect its four eggs from the cool breezes of its breeding grounds. The pectoral sandpiper is 21 cm long, with a wingspan of 46 cm.