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Birds by name
Conservation status: Green
The pectoral sandpiper is a bit larger than a dunlin. It has a brown, streaky breast, white belly and slightly downcurved bill, and yellow-brown legs. The brown breastband (which gives the species its name) and white belly are its most distinctive features.
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Almost any wetland area in the UK could attract a pectoral sandpiper, though freshwater locations are preferred.
They're scarce passage migrants from America and Siberia. A few are seen in spring, but the vast majority appear in late summer and autumn. Young pectoral sandpipers from the eastern coast of North America can be blown over the Atlantic by areas of low pressure. It is the most common North American wading bird to occur here and has even started to breed in Scotland very recently.
Small creatures that live in shoreline mud.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.