Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

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” The purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) is a small shorebird. The genus name is from Ancient Greek kalidris or skalidris, a term used by Aristotle for some grey-colored waterside birds. The specific maritima is from Latin and means “of the sea,” from mare, “sea.”

Adults have short yellow legs and a medium thin dark bill with a yellow base. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey, and the rump is black. They measure 20–22 cm (7.9–8.7 in) in length and 42–46 cm (17–18 in) across the wings, and weight is from 50–105 g (1.8–3.7 oz)

Their breeding habitat is the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. They nest on the ground either elevated on rocks or in a lower damp location. The males make several scrapes; the female chooses one and lays 3 or 4 eggs. The male takes the primary responsibility for incubation and tends the chicks. The young feed themselves.

They are late migrants and move to rocky ice-free Atlantic coasts in winter. Most go no further south than North Carolina and northern Portugal. They are relatively gregarious, forming small flocks, often with ruddy turnstones. This species is tame and approachable.

These birds forage on rocky coasts, picking up food by sight. They mainly eat arthropods and mollusks, also some plant material.”

Although their status is that of a least concerned species, however, the number of individuals cited has been decreasing due to loss of habitat.

Purple Sandpiper -Calidris maritima

Each year, it is getting harder to locate the species and the locations that I have found them in the past.

Autumn Color

Color Bedford Street conservation area

I am glad we went out yesterday after the rain stopped, because, starting later on today will be under a Northeaster here in southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape. The nor’easter is forecast for heavy rains and winds and will knock down leaves.

Around various ponds, lakes, rivers, marshes, and swamps, the color is changing. I took most of these images with my Nikon Z7 and my new Tamron 15-30 mm F/2.8 lens. Before I used the Tamron lens on my Z7, I updated its firmware on the Tamron-in-console so that it would work on the Z7.

We started at sunrise at Lake Rico

Sunrise at one of color at Lake Rico

and then traveled around Lakeville and Rochester, gathering images that showed off the autumn color.

Color along the swamp by Tamarack Park

Color along the Mattapoisett River

Color on the wetlands of the Mattapoisett River

Autumn color Pocksha Pond

I processed the pictures in Topaz AI Adjust, DeNoise, and Sharpen.