American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Lyman Lake State Park, Apache County
This American Golden-Plover was
found and photographed by Cathy Beck on 15 October 2018
Casual migrant (less than 50 records for the state).
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 underparts, white supercilium and structure of the bird.
Heard giving a single syllable wit call on the ground and repeatedly in the air when it flew away.
15 October 2018, photo by Cathy BeckAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 25 October 2018