Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima


Jonathan Feenstra
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eBird Checklist S80336239
Salton Sea--North Shore marina
Riverside, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 33.5191, -115.9383 Map

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Continuing about 600m north along the shoreline from the marina past the little “point.” It was mostly feeding alone often on the beach, but would also loosely associate with the Least Sandpipers feeding in the little lagoons and mudflats in from the "barrier island" on the immediate shore. I watched it for about 30 minutes often a pretty close range. It flushed with everything else a few times (Northern Harrier), but returned to within about 50m of where I found it. It was readily findable by its large size, though a Dunlin was also around, I never saw them close to each other. The photos will probably provide better details than I can describe, but from what I saw (and can see on the photos) I figured this is a (now) SY bird given the seeming uniformity of the flight feathers, pointed outer primary feathers and rectrices and contrast between coverts and scapulars. Some coverts looked mis-matched, maybe from pre-alternate molt. I head it call several times when it flushed, something like a "ksht." Short. I recorded it. It matches what I can find on xeno-canto for Purple Sandpiper rather than the sounds I could find of Rock Sandpiper.

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