More ID help ... Juv banded, greater or lesser sand plover ??

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More ID help ... Juv banded, greater or lesser sand plover ??

Postby Mtn Breeze » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:00 pm

Or something else entirely ??? :D

I saw about a dozen of these little fellas on sand flats at low tide, Golden Bay, S.I.

Heavy cropped images but should be good enough for an ID ?? My first thought was banded dotterels but thought it odd there was no adults or even markings on the birds that resembled undeveloped adult markings.

Thanks, Matt


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At least it's not raining !!


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Re: More ID help ... Juv banded, greater or lesser sand plover ??

Postby phil hammond » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:10 pm

All Banded Dotterel
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Re: More ID help ... Juv banded, greater or lesser sand plover ??

Postby andrewcrossland » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:13 pm

Yep, so each one of those is a Banded Dotterel. At this time of year birds either have the faded breast band and brownish plumage of adults, or the more speckled plumage of juveniles. None have the typical black neck band, and wide chestnut breast band in full colour - just multiple varieties of faded bands, as is evident in all of these pics.

Mongolian Plovers are much greyer, with prominent shoulder tabs like these:

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