The first rare of the autumn was found at Counterwall hide this afternoon. An adult pectoral sandpiper arrived in the company of a couple of ruff & stuck around, often showing very well right in front of the hide. Pec's are usually regarded as "Yanks", but their breeding range extends into Siberia, so an eastern origin isn't impossible. The spoonbill also dropped into the pool at Counterwall hide, so it was the place to be in the late afternoon. Other birds today included 14 spotted redshank, 7+ ruff, 100+ black-tailed godwit, 21 green sandpiper, 6 common sandpiper, 3 dunlin, 2 turnstone, 1 whimbrel, buzzard, peregrine, hobby, wheatear and several small flocks of sand martins, totalling c.30 birds heading south.