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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

And now finally - an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER this year

Steve Duffield photographed this adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER surprisingly well advanced towards full breeding plumage this morning on The Range at West Gerinish on South Uist (Outer Hebrides). Bill proportion and visible tibia length is what I would expect on this individual and the rear-end appearance fits neatly with dominica. The amount of variegated gold, grey and black 'peppering' in the upperparts is also typical of this species, with no particular saturation of either feather (Lee G R Evans)