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Purple Sandpiper   Calidris maritima

The Purple Sandpiper breeds in the Arctic and subarctic regions.  It winters from southeast Labrador south along the Atlantic Coast to northern Florida.  It is a rare but regular migrant through the Great Lakes region and a rare winter visitor along the Gulf Coast.

This bird is an uncommon winter resident on the coast of northeast Florida and a very rare or occasional visitor on other parts of Florida’s coasts.