Date: 9/20/21 4:30 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lesser Sand-Plover ID help
The CBRC keeps a database on line.  I'm not much for ids by probability,
but Brian's point is well taken.  There are 20 accepted records in
California for Lesser Sand-Plover and only one for the Greater Sand-Plover.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 9/20/2021 4:11 PM, Brian Scanlon 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...> <mailto:<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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