Both species are way out of their winter range and are generally referred to as "accidentals". As we approach the end of the year, serious annual listers are anxious to catch a sighting of these last minute oddities to top up their totals.
|Sam Smith Tufted Duck - Photographer Eric Baldo|
The Purple Sandpiper breeds in the northern tundra
|Purple Sandpiper in winter plumage - Photographer Jean Iron|
There have also been numerous reports of Snowy Owls seen in the park in the last few weeks. They can generally be found in the marina either on the docks or on the frozen bay.