Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus), Round Cedar Lake, Coconino County
This Lesser Sand-Plover was found by Jason Wilder and Chuck LaRue on 02 October 2016 and photographed by Jason Wilder on 02 October 2016, by Gordon Karre, Bryan Patrick, Tony Battiste, and Dennis Wall on 03 October 2016, by Tony Leonardini and Gary Botello on 04 October 2016, by Chris McCreedy on 06 October 2016, and by Richard Ditch on 07 October 2016.
by the ABC this would be a first state record.
Approximately 30 records in the ABA area outside of
Alaska, mainly from the Pacific Coast, about half the
records are of adults in late June - August and the
other half are of juveniles in September and October.
Only one prior record from the interior outside of
Alaska a late spring (18 June 1984) bird in Alberta. All
records in the United States are of the C. m.
mongolus group which is a potential split.
Smaller than nearby Killdeer with which it was associating, approximately like that of Semipalmated Plover
(similar in posture). Superficially similar to other
North American plovers such as Semipalmated and Snowy
Plover but the struture of this bird differs with long
legs, lack of white hindcollar, dark legs, and hint of
rufous on the chest.
Compared to even rarer Greater Sand-Plover, this bird appears smaller and dainty
with shorter darker legs, a shorter and less robust bill
with a blunt point, bolder wing stripe, and smudgy
flanks. The (sub)species group is identified from the
C. m. atrifrons groups of south central Asia by
this birds smaller bill and legs with more of a bulky
appearance, dusky smudging on the sides of the breast
and onto the flanks, and contrast between the uppertail
02 October 2016, photo by Jason Wilder
03 October 2016, photo by Gordon Karre
03 October 2016, photo by Bryan Patrick
03 October 2016, photo by Tony Battiste
03 October 2016, photo by Dennis Wall
04 October 2016, photo by Tony Leonardini
04 October 2016, photo by Gary Botello
06 October 2016, photo by Chris McCreedy
07 October 2016, photo by Richard DitchAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 03 October 2016