Purple Sandpipers at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on January 17, 2022

The rare species for the area, the Purple Sandpiper found on January 1, 2022 is still hanging around on the Milwaukee lakefront. Another Purple Sandpiper has also joined it so there are two now for the last week or so. I have not been down to the lakefront for some time and decided to check them out. They both were present at the beach area and gave nice views. The first one I found was feeding along the icy shore and the second I found bathing underneath a  rocky area. It was a cloudy morning but temps has eased some from the last week, today was 23 degrees, low winds, it was pleasant. Images were taken on January 17, 2022.

The Purple Sandpiper, bird #1 finding things to eat along the shore…

The Purple Sandpiper, bird #2 found under some large rocks bathing…

Flew around under the rocks, maybe stretching those wings?

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to Purple Sandpipers at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on January 17, 2022

  1. Clifford Price says:

    Superb! There was also a ruddy turnstone with them.

  2. Clifford Price says:

    The ruddy turnstone was banded.

  3. Marilyn says:

    As always, beautiful photos.
    Why is I called a purple sandpiper?

  4. Kurt says:


  5. LuAnne says:

    Jim, great pics. I finally got to see both the Purple Sandpiper and Ruddy this morning!

  6. Dennis Kuecherer says:

    I went to McKinley 3 times and struck out every time. One problem is that I can’t walk.
    As usual the photos are superb.

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