Purple Sandpiper

General description.

In winter, the Purple Sandpiper's plumage turns to slate gray, reflecting a bit of "purple". Their bills are dull orange, tipped in black. They are so "people oriented", they can be approached easily.

Breeding habits.

The Purple Sandpiper breeds in Northern Canada, Greenland and Baffin Island.

Calls or song.

The Purple Sandpiper calls with a single or double "twit".

Population and distribution.

When other "shore birds" leave for warmer climes, the Purple Sandpiper can still be seen on sea-sprayed rocks and jetties, jutting into the ocean on the East Coast, from Newfoundland to Virginia.

Nesting habits.

The Purple Sandpiper lays four buff eggs on the ground, in a depression, which it lines with grass and leaves.
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