Date: 7/26/20 7:14 am From: julian hough via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] July "golden plovers"
Phil Rusch called to alert me to Patrick Comins' fly-over American Golden Plover at Milford. This is prime time for Pacific Golden Plover in the east. In July, there is way more likelihood it may be a Pacific and any July adult "golden plovers" should not assumed to be American unless Pacific has been ruled out. This is a species that is overdue in the state and has been recorded in Mass, NJ and NY and recently, just last week in PA. Birders should make themselves familiar with the differences, the main one being adult Pacific shows a white stripe that continues down the breast and along the flanks. While adult American's may stray south, mid-late July has become a classic window for Pacific Golden Plover and so any golden plovers in worn summer plumage, seen in CT during this time, should be scrutinized. Y'all have been warned! :) Good birding, Julian Hough,New Haven