First winter Purple Sandpiper at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto on 21 December 2016.
This hardy sandpiper is one of my favourites. When waves rolled
ashore, it was up to its belly in the cold waters of Lake Ontario.
Purple Sandpipers winter farther north than other shorebirds. Aged
as first winter by contrasting white fringes on wing coverts and
tertials. Note that Purple Sandpipers in juvenile plumage are not
seen in southern Ontario because they molt in the north before