Fw: American Golden Plover near Adelaide

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Subject: Fw: American Golden Plover near Adelaide
From: "Bill Ramsay" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 18:52:28 +1100
On 11 February 2007, Bob Inglis wrote

'I am confused over the confirmation status of the alleged juvenile American 
Golden Plover (pluvialis dominica) observed by Colin Rogers at Dry Creek 
Saltfields, 15 km north of Adelaide on 20 th November 2006.

A photo of this bird has been used on the cover of the February 2007 edition of 
The Bird Observer.

The associated caption on Page 2 states: "A juvenile American Golden Plover 
Pluvialis dominica, subject to BARC review, was first observed by Colin Rogers 
at Dry Creek Saltfields, 15 km north of Adelaide on 20 November 2007.". It then 
goes on to state: "Detailed field notes and photographs were invaluable in 
confirming its identification.". Even allowing for a degree of ambiguity 
between the two statements, the obvious meaning is that there has been 
confirmation of the identification.

The same two statements are repeated on Page 21 of that publication, however, 
the following statement is also made on page 21: "The Adelaide American Golden 
Plover has been extensively photographed which should assist BARC in making a 

So, has the identification of this bird as an American Golden Plover been 
confirmed or not?

Please note: I am making no judgement on the identification of the bird in 

>From what I understand about this particular species (even accepting that 
>there is such a species and there seems to be a strong case that there is) it 
>would not be within my capabilities to make an identification one way or the 
>other from the few photos of this bird that I have seen. I am quite happy to 
>accept the judgement of people with a reasonable amount of experience with 
>American Golden Plovers.

My query is purely from the point of view of accuracy in reporting'.

The note on page 846-2 of The Bird Observer re the cover picture of a Juvenile 
American Golden Plover is a condensed version of the note on page 846-21.  The 
sentence "Detailed field notes and photographs of the juvenile bird were 
invaluable in confirming its identification" referred to the sighting of a 
juvenile American Golden Plover by Dion Hobcroft at Byron Bay, NSW on 8 
November 1994, a BARC accepted record, as per the note on page 846-21.  This 
fact was omitted in the cover note, and unfortunately without the full text, 
the cover note is incorrect.

My understanding is that BARC has not received a submission on the Dry Creek 
Saltfields American Golden Plover to date.

Bill Ramsay

Unusual Sightings Co-ordinator

Bird Observers Club of Australia

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