Date: 9/20/21 4:30 pm
From: Brian Scanlon <briancscanlon...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lesser Sand-Plover ID help
Wow! I'm certainly glad that "attempts to capture and measure" that bird
were unsuccessful.

Brian Scanlon

On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 4:24 PM Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:

> 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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