American considerably rarer than the more expected Pacific.
Seen today in LA. Hopefully it sticks around for the weekend:
Yes, thanks W, have updated my link.
Would be interested in anyone's opinion regarding primary length and shape of white patch on breast sides which would seem to favor American.
However, does the contrast between yellowish spots on mantle and white spots on coverts and white vent trouble anyone? Also, can't quite tell in the flight shot, but do you see feet protruding? Does it appear little too lanky and large-billed for American?
re the tertials - isn't at least one missing on each side? I can only see two on a quick look - if the longest is missing, it will affect the primary extension! Certainly a pitfall - anyone else like to comment?
Jizz wise looks like PGP to me
That just is not true. I have watched both dominica and fulva at close quarters and the projection of primaries beyond the tail tip varies enormously with the posture of the bird. The projection of the wing tips in this bird (in some of the shots) together with the broad white breast/shoulder patch must surely make AGP a possibility? BUT, I would not stick my neck out on this one!
Don't AGPs have black undertail coverts? This one has white, but perhaps the bird hasn't moulted these yet.
My immediate thought was American GP. The overall grey tones to the plumage are suggestive of that species. On closer inspection, the long primary projection is apparant on all photos, it is not a result of posture. Even if there were missing tertials, this is one very long winged bird. Far too long for Pacific in my humble opinion. Nice find.
Colin, thanks for spotting my howler and saving my blushes further.
my post should have read the polar opposite of what it did. In my defence, I was eating a very tasty salad at the time and looking out of the window for a fly-by Red-foot.
The bird looks like a fairly typical American Golden Plover in structure, upperpart color (rather grey) and wing projection. Legs do look rather long in some photos but don't appear to project past the tail in the flight shot (the angle of the shot doesn't make it very clear, but I think I'd be able to make out something if there was a bit of ectra leg sticking out).
At this time of year PAGP should be rather pristine and in full summer plumages since they go through a body moult earlier than AGPL.
P.S. Still find calling a Pacific or American GP very difficult, unless it is in breeding plumage.