American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Lake Cochise, Willcox, Cochise County
This American Golden-Plover was
found and photographed by Scott Olmstead on 04 April 2017
Casual migrant (less than 50 records for the state), being particularly scarce in spring. Willcox has hosted a majority of the records for Southeast Arizona.
The similar Black-bellied Plover is eliminated by
this bird's thin bill, dark cap, long wings, and more
distinct pale supercilium. Separating this bird from the
very similar Pacific Golden-Plover is much more
difficult (see here),
but there are only two records of Pacific for Arizona
(plus a third that is currently circulating).
Identification as American Golden-Plover hinges mainly
on the duller, grayer plumage; as well as the length of
04 April 2017, photo by Scott OlmsteadAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 15 April 2017