Birds that are only found in North Carolina during migration are good birds. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper has the added bonus that it mostly migrates down the center of the country and we only see a small fraction come through NC and in fact the Cornell website does not show migration through NC at all. So if a Buff-breasted is sighted, I am on it.
This particular bird was actually not a chased bird. We found it blindly at the Cedar Island Ferry Terminal in Carteret County and it was practically tame. Its too bad that I only had my old crusher at that point. With my new camera, this bird would have been immortalized.
Update 01Sep2016 - Check out these more recent pics from Fort Fisher Spit.