[CT Birds] Reminder on golden plover identification
jrhough1 at snet.net
Wed Apr 20 13:45:05 EDT 2016
While there are several birds that we should keep in mind at this time of year, mainly southern overshoots e.g., Swallow-tailed Kite, Wilson's Plover, State-awaited Swanson's Warbler, etc., it also pays to be conscious of any golden plovers reported at this time of year and to consider both European and Pacific Golden Plover. With a mounting adult Pacific Golden currently in Eastern Florida, such an occurrence in CT would be a state first, but nonetheless a vagrant that should be on peoples' minds. A European Golden Plover recently in Newfoundland and records for Maine and New Jersey in recent years, as well as an April record of Pacific Golden for Mass, hints at the potential for both species to occur in CT.
American Golden Plovers mount later and most are in drab brown-grey plumage at this time of year, but Pacific Goldens mount earlier. So, any yellowish-looking golden plover, or a bird that seems to be far-advanced into breeding plumage in April warrants a closer scrutiny.
And don't forget to post.... :)
Julian Hough New Haven, CT 06519 www.naturescapeimages.wordpress.com
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