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Mystery Bird December

All the answers for the November Mystery Bird fell into three camps; American Golden Plover, Golden Plover and Grey Plover. The answer is in the underwing.

Prior to American Golden Plover and Pacific Golden Plover being split into two separate species they were regarded as one and the same species, they were conspecific; the ‘Lesser Golden Plover’; One of the identification features of ‘Lesser Golden Plover’ and therefore of American (and Pacific) is they have dusky grey underwings.

Grey Plover may be eliminated as it would show the blackest of armpits in flight. The bright white underwing of the mystery bird dictates it must be a Golden Plover. This individual was photographed during late summer this year in the eye field at Cley Marshes in Norfolk.

This month’s photograph, the last one, is pictured below. As usual send me your entry on e-mail to carl@wildlifetoursandeducation.co.uk

Mystery Bird December

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