Golden Plover at WTP

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Subject: Golden Plover at WTP
From: jenny spry <>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:00:31 +1000
Hi all,

While at WTP today I found a plover at the north-west corner of 35 E 9, the
western Conservation Pond. The bird moved from the small muddy puddle on the
left as one rounds the n-w corner, across the road into the n-w corner of
the Conservation Pond. It was a single bird by itself and showed no
inclination to leave the area. I watched the bird from approx 1200 to 1245.

At first sight I put it down as a Pacific Golden Plover. As I watched I
became less sure but as I have seen very few Pacific Golden Plover in
transitional plumage I took many photos and sent them to Mike Carter.

I have since spoken to Mike and there is a possibility that the bird is an
American Golden Plover. I don't want to string anyone with this report as
diagnosing AGP against PGP is very difficult and some more flight photos and
study will be needed. Mike's comment in an email is:

   This bird seems a classic American to me. Seen around midday today on a
pond beside the Conservation Ponds at WTP. Other opinions please. What
worries me is that these potential American's are always seen at this time
of year and then morph into Pacific's.

Any further sightings and photos would be helpful. Even if the result is
that it is a Pacific Golden Plover it is still in about 50% breeding plumage
and well worth seeing



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