Date: 5/8/19 10:36 am From: Rick Bennett <rickbennett67...> Subject: [obol] Sandhill Crane and possible Golden-Plover at Tualatin River NWR
This morning at dawn there was a Sandhill Crane in the flooded fields across 99W from the Visitor Center.
Also, in the far southwestern marsh unit on a small island there was a large plover that could be a nonbreeding Golden-Plover because of the darker crown and prominent 'ear flap' plus overall golden back plumage, but the belly appeared white in the bright morning light and in my photos the bill seemed heavier like a Black-bellied. I poured over lots of photos and field guide drawings and see characteristics of both species in my photos. Although I tentatively marked it as a Pacific Golden-Plover on my eBird list, I can change that if more experienced plover watchers have a more definitive verdict. Check out photos on eBird list: