American (?) Golden Plover in Sydney

Subject: American (?) Golden Plover in Sydney
From: "Chris Gladwin" <>
Date: 03 Nov 1996 20:50:20 GMT

     On Sunday 3rd November a group of us (including David Fisher and Judy
     Davis of Sunbird - both with extensive experience of both species)
     revisited this bird at Mason Park.  There is indeed a bird with a
     noticeably grey (and not golden) body, and a white (not buff)
     supercillium, present in a group of 10 Pacific Golden Plovers.  In our
     opinion this bird is also a Pacific and not American GP.

     This bird was an adult still undergoing moult.  That is why it seems
     to have a white supercillium whilst the other birds have completed
     their moult.  Its primaries and tertials (which are in a bit of a
     shoddy state!) fit Pacific.

     As this bird has more black feathering on its breast than the bird I
     watched a month ago, I'd say this individual is not the bird reported

     In summary - we do not believe there was an American GP present at
     Mason Park yesterday.  I believe recent reports are due to people
     believing that all they need to see is a white supercillium to make it
     American - which is wrong.

     Chris Gladwin

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