Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima – PIBYDD DU – Principally a winter visitor

Purple Sandpiper – first and last dates

Table of last and first dates of this winter visitor since 1990, plus an indication of the highest numbers recorded. All extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

Purple Sandpiper – 1994

Calidris maritima – PIBYDD DU – Principally a winter visitor Mathew (1894) described the Purple Sandpiper as an autumn visitor while Lockley et al. (1949) refer to it occurring all around the year, even in summer. It can be very inconspicuous as it picks over weed- covered rocks and delves into the nooks and crannies of the Pembrokeshire […]

Purple Sandpiper – 1980s winter

Calidris maritima – PIBYDD DU – Principally a winter visitor he BTO winter atlas showed that Purple Sandpipers were noted in three coastal 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The blue colour of a 10km square represents 1-10 birds seen in a day. More about the Purple Sandpiper in Pembrokeshire

Purple Sandpiper – 1949

Calidris maritima maritima “An autumn visitor; not uncommon” – Mathew.  Tracy called is rather scarce, but Dix considered “about as numerous as the Knot”.  It is found all the year round along the rocky coast, even in summer, and is often very tame; generally singly or in small numbers at midsummer, and more numerous in […]