I finally got around to some of my photos of a spring rarity in our area. An American Golden Plover coming into nice breeding plumage has been seen at Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay Queens NY. After a couple of attempts, I finally caught up with the bird on May 27th and managed a few photos. I have been fortunate enough to see AMGP on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay during the fall migration for shorebirds, but this is my first spring record in Queens.
No black under the armpits!
I have not seen the bird since the 27th, but there have been sporadic reports of it being seen since, so who knows it may still be around. Cool fact about the American Golden Plover - Do you know this bird has one of the longest known migratory routes of over 25,000 miles. Of this, 2,400 miles is over open ocean where it cannot stop to feed or drink. It does this from body fat stores that it stocks up on prior to the flight.