Remember our Evil Avian ID Quiz from last Wednesday? Here is the promised follow-up post and answer.
To review … here were the clues:
- Locally common in spring in the Great Plains.
- No subspecies.
- Worldwide population less than 200,000.
- All birds show a distinct whitish eyebrow that, in combination with the darker crown, give them a capped appearance.
- Posture is erect, not slouched. Movements are deliberate, head held up.
- Long distance migrant, migrates both by day and by night.
- Was split from another species in the 1990’s.
- During migration, find them in sod farms, plowed fields, pastures, prairie.
And …. the correct answer is American Golden-Plover. This species was split from the Pacific Golden-Plover in 1993.
All guesses were correct! Congratulations to Mike Powers, Grant McCreary, and Chrissy.
For those birding on the east coast of North America, this is a hard-to-find species, usually spotted in the fall. Mike was fortunate to find his life American Golden-Plover during the Montezuma Muckrace where else but in a newly plowed field!