The main goal was to check off pectoral sandpiper for my Mecklenburg County Year List. Pectoral sandpipers pass through our area annually, but a general lack of shorebird habitat makes them tough to find. Almost immediately I spotted a group of four shorebirds in a shallow puddle; the pectoral, two least sandpipers, and one solitary sandpiper.
The solitary sandpiper is one of the most common shorebirds that migrate through. Through April and early May, any muddy lake shoreline will have several. Note the long legs and prominent eye ring on the pictured bird.