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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 11 9:33 pm 
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if this keeps up "Kitty Islet" may be one of the most photographed "rocks" in BC

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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The PUSA was seen are Kitty Islet today for less than ten mins at 9:30am by Geoffrey Newell and US birders Blair Bernson and Steve Pink. It flew off towards Trial Island and as yet hasn't been relocated.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
PostPosted: Jan 12 4:46 pm 
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birdergirl wrote:
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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Melissa


Thats a great shot Mel :)

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Thank you so much Paul! Very kind of you.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Chris Charlesworth and Ian Cruickshank have just relocated the PUSA on the NW end of Little Trial Island at 4:15pm. They are viewing the bird from McMicking Point. A scope is required to view the bird.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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There was no sign of the PUSA all day yesterday.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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David Fraser had the PUSA today at 12pm. It was with a mixed shorebird flock on Little Trial Island and visible from McMicking Point for ten minutes. The entire flock flew to the far side of Little Trial at which point he lost sight of the bird.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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I've contacted many experts including Pyle and no one has refuted that it is a Purple Sandpiper. Michael O'Brien and Kevin Karlson were most vocal with their confirmations on this bird.

Kevin Karlson (click link for bio http://www.kevintkarlson.com/bio) who co-wrote the book "The Shorebird Guide" gave me permission to post his thoughts and accompanying photos below:

"Melissa, sorry for the delay, but I am working feverishly with Pete Dunne on a new book called Gulls Simplified, and have not been able to browse e-mail or play around with fun stuff all month. After reviewing your photos, I cannot see any reason why this is not a Purple Sandpiper. I was first cautious about the thick white wing stripe that is wider on Rock than Purple, but the attached shot of a flock of Purple Sandpipers in NJ show the variation on this feature, which should not be used in my opinion to confirm or deny either species. I then noted the wide gray borders to the mantle feathers, which is not typical of Purple in winter, but then found a photo of my own of an adult Purple that showed the identical mantle shading and pattern, so that is not a concern. The heavy wash of gray around the head and upper breast is fine for Purple and not typical of Rock, and the long bill with bright orange basal half is also a good feather for Purple and not Rock. I have attached a first winter Purple with yellowish bill base and legs for you to keep in your collection for future marginal birds, but I don't think this bird is marginal. I think it is a Purple Sandpiper." Kevin Karlson

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Sharon and Mike Toochin are currently looking at the PUSA on Little Trial Island. They are viewing the bird from McMicking Point. A scope is required to view the bird from this location.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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More updates on the sighting today:

After viewing the bird through the scope at Little Trial Island for 15 mins at 1:15pm. They left and returned and at 2:50pm it flew right onto McMicking Point where it stayed in close view until 3:25 pm. The bird then moved to Kitty Islet where it remained in close range (viewable with bins) until they left at 4:15pm.

*Note that the best viewing coincides with a lower tide.*

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Liron Gertsman had the PUSA in a mixed shorebird flock at 11:20am at Kitty Islet. The bird was viewable with binoculars in close range until it flew to Little Trial Island at 11:35am.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Bird was still present on Little Trial Island as of 12 pm and viewable by scope.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Multiple observers had the PUSA after 12:30pm on Little Trial Island scoped from McMicking Point.

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 Post subject: Re: Probable PURPLE SANDPIPER in Victoria
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Roger Foxall had the PUSA today at Little Trial Island.

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