Sunday, 27 September 2009

Rare passage migrant, Hayling Island

A juv. pectoral sandpiper Calidris melanotos has showed confidingly on a small pool beside the Hayling Billy coastal path (Hayling Island) for the last three days, whilst these photographs are not the best, they do show the key ID feat. a set of streaks starting at the throat and ending in a sharp cut-off point at the centre of the breast, the belly is unstreaked and noticeably whiter in appearance; legs are yellowish to grey green. This N. American bird is a rare passage migrant in Hampshire, a second bird has also been reported this week at Keyhaven (New Forest).

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