The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) is one of the most widespread and abundant sandpipers to be found across the Americas with it’s breeding range as far north as Alaska with a wintering range stretching all the way to the southern tip of Chile. As it is with the majority of Nearctic waders (Western Sandpiper, Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs & Semipalmated Plover etc.), every so often a few venture off course and find themselves into the realm of Western Palearctic were they frequently turn up in the UK; with to date the BBRC accepting 249 records with Cornwall currently standing as no.1 county for Spotted Sandpiper in the UK as it boasts a whopping 14 records.
On the 15th of May a very fine summer plumaged adult was discovered by Steve Nuttall on the banks of the Belvide Reservoir in Staffordshire; representing the 4th record for the reservoir, the 3rd to be found at the reservoir by Steve & only the county’s 5th record! Now thankfully I was able to get down myself to see this truly amazing bird. However due to the logistics (public transport), time spent with the bird was short, so as I’m left with very little material to write with though I’d swap it with a set of images of the birds its self.