It isn’t every day that I add a lifer to the list of shorebirds I have seen and photographed but yesterday I did when I saw and photographed a Pectoral Sandpiper. According to eBird Pectoral Sandpipers are rare at Farmington Bay WMA.
Pectoral Sandpipers breed in northern Alaska, northern Yukon, Northern Territories and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in North America, they also breed in Russia. Their wintering grounds are on the pampas of Southern South America which means they can travel up to 30,000 miles each year.
This Pectoral Sandpiper was associating with Killdeer, a few Greater Yellowlegs and a single Western Sandpiper when I first saw it but it very quickly moved away across the shallow water…
And took cover in some grasses before it flew away. I believe this is a hatch year bird but since I am not familiar with this species I could be wrong. I wish this bird luck on its long migration!
As I am fond of saying “You’ll never know (what you will see) unless you go”.
I shipped my Nikon D810 to Los Angeles yesterday and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they get the rubber replaced on the memory card door and get it back to me quickly!
Life is good.