Date: 9/20/21 4:24 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lesser Sand-Plover ID help
For comparison, there was a Greater Sandplover at Bolinas Lagoon in 2001.
Photos and discussion are at:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/sandplover.htm

On Mon, 20 Sep 2021 16:11:40 -0700, Brian Scanlon <briancscanlon...>
wrote:

>Eric,
>The small bill relative to head size, and the darker legs, suggest LESP.
>The bill is also somewhat blunter and slightly bulging near the tip.
>
>I'm sure that individual variation of these species could cause confusion
>where their ranges overlap, but if you look at the distribution maps you
>will see that Greater Sand-Plover does not extend to Eastern Siberia and
>would be much less likely to find its way to the CA coast.
>
>I'm also trusting that much more experienced birders have looked at this
>guy, but your question was helpful. It certainly made me take a closer look.
>
>Brian Scanlon
>
>On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 10:46 AM 'Eric Goodill' via mbbirds <
><mbbirds...> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I was able to view the LESP yesterday and got some reasonable photos.
>> Since I wasn’t familiar with this species, I did some Googling, and I found
>> some articles about differentiating between Lesser and Greater
>> Sand-Plovers. Looking at my photos, I’m afraid I can’t narrow it down to
>> LESP since there seems to be overlap between these two species among their
>> various subspecies. Can anybody point out the salient features which make
>> this a Lesser?
>>
>> Good birding, Eric Goodill
>> Menlo Park
>>
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