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Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

A long distance migrant, breeding in boggy area of the tundra in both North America and northeast Asia and wintering in South America and Oceania.

The commonest Nearctic vagrant to Europe and is annual in Cornwall. On the Camel Estuary, 26 have been recorded up to the end of 2012.

2013 – 1 adult at Amble Marshes 11th to 13th June; 1 adult at Treraven Meadow 21st/22nd August; 1 at Amble Marshes 26th August.

2012 – 1 at Amble Marshes 2nd August; 2 at Amble Marshes 7th to 23rd September; 1 at Treraven Meadow 21st/22nd September. (4)

Pectoral Sandpiper at Amble Marshes, 7-9-12, C Selway
Pectoral Sandpiper at Amble Marshes, 7-9-12, C Selway

2011 – 1 at Amble Marshes 24th to 29th May; 2 at Treraven Meadow 17th September. (3)

2010 – 1 at Treraven meadow 8th to 13th September. (1)

2009 – 1 at Amble Marshes 26th April to 1st May; 1 at Amble Marshes 26th August; 1 at Amble Marshes 21st September; 2 at Amble Marshes 11th to 14th October with one until the 19th. (5)

2008 – 2 at Amble Marshes 13th to 16th September. (2)

2007 – 1 on the estuary 23rd July; 1 at Dinham Flats 22nd September to 1st October. (2)

2006 – 1 at Amble marshes 13th/14th September. (1)

2005 – 1 juvenile at Amble Marshes 12th September. (1)

2002 – A juvenile on the estuary 30th September. (1)

2000 – 1 on the estuary 10th September. (1)

1968 – 1 in Dinham area 27th September to 11th October. (1)

1962 – 1 at Egloshayle 6th September. (1)

1952 – 1 at Amble Marshes 4th to 7th September. (1)

1950 – 1 at Amble Marshes 16th October. (1)

1948 – 1 on the estuary 29th August to 3rd September. (1)

References;
British Birds Vol 42 Page 135 – 143, The Immigration of American Pectoral Sandpiper in the autumn 0f 1948.
CBWPS, annual reports 1931 to date.
 
© Camelbirder 2013.
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