• Incubation: 21-22 days
• Clutch Size: 4 eggs
• Young Fledge: 21 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: small crustaceans and mollusks
Birds in breeding plumage are streaked with dark gray on the head and the breast is spotted. In the winter, the birds are dark gray without streaks. The bill is orange and has a black tip.
Habitat and Habits
This sandpiper is almost always seen on rocky breakwalls jutting into Lake Erie. They are occasionally on beaches and natural rocky shorelines of the Lake Erie islands. The purple sandpiper is not often heard here, but it gives fairly loud, explosively squeaky kip kip sounds, sometimes accelerated into a series.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Breeding takes place in arctic Canada. Nests are depressions in the ground lined with grass.