Ludwig Kumlien says that the purple sandpiper is the first wader to arrive in the spring at Cumberland Sound.
But in Iceland and at the southern borders of its breeding range generally the purple sandpiper usually nests on the fells.
The purple sandpiper may pair for life, as there is some evidence to show that it returns annually to certain spots, to breed.
The eggs of the purple sandpiper are four in number and remarkably handsome.
The purple sandpiper is a stockily built bird, which stands low and has a moderately long bill.