Purple Sandpiper in Toronto

Purple Sandpiper in first winter plumage. At close range look for a pinkish or purplish metallic reflection on some scapulars. It's not easy to see and only shows in certain light conditions. I had never seen this before, but there is a similar photo showing the purplish gloss in the Purple Sandpiper account in The Birds of North America Online. Tommy Thompson Park on Lake Ontario, Toronto on 10 December 2013.


Same first winter Purple Sandpiper at a slightly different angle not showing the pinkish-purple sheen. Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto. 10 December 2013.