American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Rimmy Jim Tank, Coconino County
This American Golden-Plover was
found by Brooks Hart on 17 May 2017 and photographed by Jason Wilder on 22 May 2017
Note that the bird was on private property that is accessible only with permission of the land-owner (Babbitt Ranches).
Casual migrant (less than 50 records for the state), with few from northern 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 and structure of the bird.
22 May 2017, photo by Jason WilderAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 30 May 2017