We drove out to Port Mansfield today. There had been reports of a Purple Sandpiper being seen. Since that would be a life bird for us, and we had a day off, we headed on out.
This Sandpiper breeds in arctic and subarctic regions of Canada and central Siberia. It has a more northerly distribution in winter than any other shorebird. It’s considered a rare but regular visitor to the Gulf Coast.
Port Mansfield is located on the Laguna Madre. We had directions to go to the tidal pools.
We found the Sandpiper feeding along the edges of the tidal pools. We watched for quite a while as it moved around the edges.
Purple Sandpiper and Willet
More pictures from Port Mansfield and Fred Stone County Park, next time!