Purple sandpiper Calidris maritima

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

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This sandpiper is most likely to be found on rocks in coastal areas. Other small shorebirds are paler and lack the yellow legs and yellow-based bill. In flight, turnstones and sanderlings have more white in the wings.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.