Saturday, August 6, 2011

American Golden Plover

After a quiet morning seawatching at the Bridges of Ross and Loop Head on Friday 5th August 2011, myself and a few friends decided to go in search of vagrant waders along the west coast of Clare on our way home.  We got to Doonbeg Bay where I quickly picked up on a summer plumaged Plover.  At first and from distant views we all thought that it was more like a Pacific Golden Plover due to its warm overall colouration and shorter looking primary projection.  But later once we were able to get close enough for the photos below to be taken it started to resemble an AGP as is now the case.  This is the first Autumn record of one in Ireland this year and it is amazing that over the summer we have had three PGP's in the country and not the usual scattering of AGP's as of yet.  There is still lots of time for North American waders to flood the country.

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