PEC­TORAL SAND­PIPER

Bird Watching (UK) - - What To See And How To See It -

Es­sen­tially a North Amer­i­can Arc­tic breeder, this neat Calidris sand­piper is the com­mon­est wader from across the At­lantic each au­tumn (though it is still a pretty scarce bird). Most birds we see are ju­ve­niles, with neatly pat­terned warm coloured feath­er­ing and ob­vi­ous white lines form­ing Vs on the back. They are roughly Dun­lin sized (some are smaller, some larger) though slim­mer and longer winged with a pro­por­tion­ally smaller head, pale (yel­low-green) legs and a well de­fined dark-streaked breast. They also have a more creep­ing gait than Dun­lins. Be­ware con­fu­sion with larger, buf­fer ju­ve­nile Ruffs, and even ju­ve­nile Red­shanks. Pec­toral Sand­pipers have a pref­er­ence for fresh­wa­ter habi­tats, and could be at suit­able wader habi­tat well in­land.

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