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.
Observed on the northern side of pond # 1.
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.