American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Gilbert Water Ranch, Maricopa County
This American Golden-Plover was
found by Cindy Marple on 10 November 2017 and photographed by Brendon Grice on 11 November 2017
As you can see in these photos, the bird was actively
feeding on worms.
Casual migrant (less than 50 records for the state).
The similar Black-bellied Plover is eliminated by
this bird's thin bill, dark cap, long wings, and more
distinct pale supercilium. Separating this bird from the
very similar Pacific Golden-Plover is much more
difficult (see here),
but there are only two records of Pacific for Arizona
(plus a third that is currently circulating).
Identification as American Golden-Plover hinges mainly
on the duller, grayer plumage and structure of the bird.
11 November 2017, photo by Brendon GriceAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 13 November 2017