Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Plover ID tips.


Recommended Posts

Southern Ontario today.

Shorebirds are still a work in progress. Fairly sure these were all juvenile Black-bellied today (famous last words) but...

Photo 1. Three BBPL with a GRYE. Almost certain (heavy bill and white belly) but wings appear long.

Photo 2. Again reasonably sure it is a BBPL (unless AMGP can have a heavier bill) but streaking extends to UnTC. If I could not see the bill is there a way to differentiate with AMGP.

Basically asking, other than bill structure and belly streaking, what ID features are available.

Thanks.

 

Black-bellied Plover 3juv 1GRYE HandC-7543175.jpg

Black-bellied Plover 1juv HandC-7543135.jpg

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, IKLland said:

The bird in the second photo has gold flecks on the back and crown, and the crown is way darker than a BBPL.

I saw that but my guides show a much thinner bill for AMGP so I wasn't sure, I've only seen a few. Rare for this time of year so subject to review. Much appreciated.

  • Like 1
  • Confused 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, RobinHood said:

I saw that but my guides show a much thinner bill for AMGP so I wasn't sure, I've only seen a few. Rare for this time of year so subject to review. Much appreciated.

I think the bill looks within range for a golden plover, but if it looks thick to you, that’s probably the angle. It’s definitely an American golden plover. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, IKLland said:

Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m just having an extremely difficult time calling that a BBPL.

You're not wrong. Dark cap and long wings for the win. God Bless America(n Golden Plover)

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...