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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : American Golden Plover

Hebrides Bird Sightings : American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Juvenile American Golden Plover on left, Buff-breasted Sandpiper on right

American Golden Plover (and Buff-breasted Sandpiper!)


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Pluvialis dominica

Photograph © Andy Robinson
Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
September 2005

"A few more american waders around at the weeeknd - Buff-Breasted sandpiper at
the butt of lewis with an American Golden plover also there on Saturday. And a
Bairds sandpiper at Borve beach...

Just working on your pics and realised you got a Buff-breasted Sandpiper AND
American Golden Plover in the same shot!!
That was a very good day...

"Yep it was - I'd bumped into Tristan and we were approaching the pool near the
ligthhouse which I saying had the most potential when hey presto up they
popped!"

 

Our American Golden Plover Photographs

American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover

Juvenile
American Golden Plover
(with a Buff-breasted Sandpiper!)
September 2005
Ness

American Golden Plover
September 2006
Ness

American Golden Plover
September 2007
Ness

American Golden Plover
September 2007
Ness

 

  • American Golden Plover
  • Pluvialis dominica
  • UK: Just 5 annual records
  • WI: Rare visitor (less than 30 records)
  • Rare visitor (less than 30 records) BTO
  • Breeds: North America
  • Winters: South America
  • Habitat: tundra (migration mudflats, grazing land)
  • Diet: insects, seeds, leaves, berries
  • Often when found is in the company of golden plover.
    Usually greyer, less yellow-brown than golden plovers, stonger head pattern
  • Similar birds : Golden Plover

 

American Golden Plover records in the Western Isles

Rare visitor (less than 30 records)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the American Golden Plover is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

       

     

 

(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

 

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