Purples are back! 11/11/17

The arrival of Purple Sandpipers at Seapoint represents a season change in my bird calendar. It’s Bird Winter now. Purples are the very last of the shorebird migrants, only instead of passing through these birds are arriving from the high Arctic to take up residence along more temperate coasts for the winter. Only 2 have arrived at Seapoint so far, but eventually the flock will settle out somewhere between 40 and 80 individuals, staying until April. You’ll find them foraging for invertebrates among the rocks and surf. Note the orange in both the legs and bill, the dark streaky breast, and the somewhat long and slightly drooping bill.

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