Decided to take a wander down to Salthouse this morning as the weather conditions were certainly not condusive to anything rare coming in from the east (maybe from the west though.....)
Anyhow, a nice group of waders had gathered on the sea pool west of the carpark including Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and a confiding group of 9 Little Stint. Also here a brace of Lapland Bunting flew west calling.
I was just settling into position on the shingle bank to digi-scope some more waders when over head a wader gave a call which just would not register in the old grey matter. A dry, almost rasping 'pprurrrr', looking up, a shortish billed but fairly longish winged and tailed wader zipped skywards its breast darkish with a distinct clear cut on to the white belly! Yelling 'Pec Sand!' the birder next to me just looked blankly into the distance! Following the bird in flight, it eventually pitched in on the far side of the pool, unfortunately making an alliance with a rather skittish Redshank, enabling a conclusive view of a bright, juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper (all the way from North America!) No longer than it was on the deck it was off again, eventually watched heading off towards Arnolds Marsh to the west. Presumably the same bird was later seen at Kelling.
Pectoral Sandpiper (complete with annoying fence!)
Pectoral Sandpiper with Redshank