Purple Sandpipers in Brooklyn
The waterfront of Brooklyn on either side of the Verrazano Bridge is the best place in New York City to see Purple Sandpipers. Every year they winter there on the rocky breakwater mere feet from the path between lower New York Harbor and the Belt Parkway that innumerable joggers, walkers, and bikers use. Of course, most of the folks on the path are completely oblivious to the hardy little birds making their living on the wave-washed rocks. Should they pause to take a look they would see a chunky little shorebird with orange feet and legs and a droopy bill that is orange at the base and black everywhere else. They don’t usually look very purple but they are pretty cute, at least in relation to other shorebirds.
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
My recent visit to the Brooklyn waterfront was on the same day that I spotted the White-winged Dove in Staten Island and it was a drizzly, cloudy, lousy light kind of day. Despite the annoying weather the sheer proximity of the sandpipers allowed me to get some decent images. Enjoy!
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