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Lavender Sandpiper

I always wondered why these guys are called Purple Sandpipers. This is the first time I've noticed a lavender color on the underwings on the non-breeding adult. There are also a couple of more purple colored feathers on the mantle. Perhaps they get their color from the bluish/purple mussels they seem to like for dinner. - Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ

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Taken on March 17, 2009