There is a probable 1st cycle Purple Sandpiper in Victoria. The bird has been present for two days now. It was first found by Jeremy Gatten on friday at 3:45pm at Kitty Islet and then refound off the Vancouver Island Golf Course on Sat by Daniel Donnecke. It's not confirmed yet but appears to be an excellent candidate for BC's first record. You may want to twitch it to be safe before it dissapears. I have sent it to some prominent east coast birders and waiting to hear from them. Also it's been sent to some on the Pacific who also believe it's a PUSA.
Photos can be viewed here:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33323094
Just a reminder that I am not saying it is a PUSA because we can't be sure at this time. However, this is an extremely good candidate for Purple.
It is extremely difficult to distinguish these two species in winter plumage. We really need some flight shots and nice full frames of the bird standing to truly evaluate the primaries/secondaries.
Great way to start off 2017 regardless.