Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Where to see them
Almost any wetland area in the UK could attract a pectoral sandpiper, though freshwater locations are preferred.
When to see them
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.
What they eat
Small creatures that live in shoreline mud.
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