I only saw this species on an overcast, windy and partially rainy day from a distance, but I’ll take it! We left for a Rhode Island wedding extra early back in May to check out the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.
After checking in at the visitor center and grabbing a map, we walked one of the trail loops along the ocean. We saw a few waterfowl out on the ocean, but it wasn’t until a big gust of wind blew in the only sandpipers of the day. There were probably 30 or so of them, and it wasn’t until we arrived at the hotel to review my shots until I could ID them. Purple Sandpipers!