American Golden-Plover

Pluvialis dominica

ML35486471


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Marshall Iliff
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eBird Checklist S31661974
Millennium Park
Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 42.2816, -71.1855 Map

Age
Juvenile
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

on upper field at Millennium Park

Observation details

**rare; juvenile; first spotted on rocky island in Cow Island Pond (viewed from behind Ice Rink) and approached along shoreline to confirmatory looks and (poor) photos. A slender Pluvialis with fine scalloping on breast, golden cast to upperparts feathers, long primaries extending well past the tertials, a slender bill, and a darker cap setting off a prominent supercilium. I was confident on species ID (eliminating juv Black-bellied or another golden-plover) but then the shorebirds all flushed (possibly a raptor) and the golden-plover flew off calling with a diagnostic loud "kleee-eep" call and showed even gray underwings. It flew up towards Millennium Park. When I left the Ice Rink I tried checking for the bird back at the boat ramp (which I had checked just before) and then on the soccer fields, finally finding the bird on the uppermost field; after getting digibinned photos from the uppermost field, the bird again took flight (possibly startled when I started walking away from it) and flew overhead calling again and flew back to Cow Island Pond where it dropped down. Species #216 for me at Millennium Park and first park record for species #229 overall. Digibinned photos from both locations.

Technical Information

Model
iPhone 5c
Lens model
iPhone 5c back camera 4.12mm f/2.4
f-stop
f/2.4
Focal length
4.1 mm
Shutter speed
1/161 sec
ISO
50
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,629KB
Dimensions
3264 x 2448

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