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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 03 10:09 pm 
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The bird is now confirmed as a Purple Sandpiper.

More info can be found at the RBA regarding this sighting.

http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/2017/01/ ... a-dec.html

This is the first record for British Columbia and the second record for the Pacific Coast.

Congratulations to Jeremy Gatten on his spectacular find.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 04 8:37 am 
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Congrats to everyone who has seen it! Great shots!

In addition to the California record from earlier this year, there is a PUSA record from the Pacific coast of Mexico. There are also notable records from Alberta and Montana.


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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 04 9:59 am 
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Yes there is indeed but only one from the Pacific Coast in the ABA :).

Thanks again.

I hope many, many people get to see this bird!

Here is one photo I got of the Purple Sandpiper yesterday at Kitty Islet.

ImagePurple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) - Victoria, BC by Birdergirl, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Great job on the Purple Sandpiper everybody..Have been watching the story unfold from here in Los Ayala Mexico.Would love to see that bird,but was lucky enough to Find a Purple Sandpiper 2 years ago in San Blas Mexico. Thinking it was a Rock Sandpiper the whole time which in itself is very rare south of bc, sending pictures to the local Bird expert,and guide,Mark Stackhouse got more pics and checked with more people and later confirmed it to be a Purple Sandpiper.So much fun!
On another Note,i took part in the San Blas CBC a few days ago, and was great with a count day/week of about 270 different speices.
Cheers From Los Ayala Nayarit Mexico
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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 04 12:27 pm 
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That's awesome that you found the San Blas PUSA in Mexico Ed!!! Big Congrats on that.

I hope this bird sticks long enough for you to see it when you get back home. He's been there for quite some time it appears so the odds are good.

Congrats on a fruitful CBC!

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 04 2:54 pm 
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The PUSA continued today at Kitty Islet but has flown now to Trial Island.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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The PUSA is now present at Kitty Islet.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Heard from Peter Pyle tonight and to summarize he said "I agree that this bird looks in all respects like a PUSA."

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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The PUSA just showed up at Kitty Islet.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Despite multiple observers the PUSA was not seen today.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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The Purple Sandpiper was seen this morning by Don Cecile at Kitty Islet.

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There has been no subsequent sightings of the PUSA since Don Cecile's this morning.

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To my knowledge the PUSA was not seen today.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Jeremiah Kennedy is at Kitty Islet with the PUSA now at 7:38 am. The bird is with 5 other shorebird species.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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The PUSA was seen today at 9:45am by Graham Sunderland, Dale Jensen and Brian Stech at Kitty Islet. The bird was not seen the rest of the day after they watched it fly to Trial Island at 10:20am.

Here is a photo Brian Stech got of the bird today:

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