The pectorals broke a seven-year duck (surprised I haven’t used that cliché yet) for the species. At this time in 2003 a one-month period netted me a trio of sightings up and down the country. I thought I’d not seen this American vagrant in the USA but I did have one record there ten years ago at Alviso, Santa Clara. I’m sure I shall blog that as a blast from the past some time.
The phalarope is another two-continent bird: first seen at Cley in 1997, it also provides two California records in my seven-sighting tally. So, both species are rare in my world.