Date: 7/6/18 5:12 pm From: Charles Gates <cgates326...> Subject: [obol] Crook American? Golden Plover
Today, I got two reports of a golden plover at the Crooked River Wetlands <https://www.cityofprineville.com/wetlands> in Prineville (Crook County). Ron Halvorson and Cash Lowe independently came across this bird while walking the wetlands this morning. I'm not sure who got there first and they will probably be happy to share the honors. I arrived close to noon and took some photos. I also spent some time looking at this bird through my scope. The primaries seem to extend well past the tail and show extensively past the secondaries. There is some golden flecking but not as much as I think would be present in Pacific GP, especially in the head. American is expected more often inland. For these reasons, I think this bird is an American Golden-plover. You can see my photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHskE5ZQjq and let me know if I'm wrong. I've seen very few golden plovers in my day so I'm ready to be corrected.
Here's a teaser photo
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