American Golden Plover- Somerset Lake, PA Fall ’12
Quick post with some cool video and pictures of a juvenile American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) that showed up 9/18/2012 at Somerset Lake, Somerset County, PA. All the pictures and video in this post were taken with an iPhone 4s, digiscoped through a Kowa TSN 824.
Juvenile American Golden Plover at edge of flats, north parking area Somerset Lake. Note the scaley breast and sides of this juvenile bird. Kowa TSN 824:60X, iPhone 4s
Video of the it feeding on the “spit” where I first observed it-
American Golden Plover showing back detail, juvenile birds show this speckling.
American Golden Plover in a setting you don’t tuypically see! It foraged for a long while in deeper water with up to 7 species of shorebirds and 2 rails. In this photo are Lesser Yellowlegs, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal and Mallard.
Video of it foraging with some yellowlegs-
American Golden Plover feeding
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Mike started birding when he was 8, and has worked as a field ornithologist for various state, federal, and private organizations across the United States and Mexico. Recently he was the Assistant Coordinator for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas and the Biotechnology and Biomonitoring Lab Supervisor stationed at Powdermill, the biological research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In the spring of 2011 he was awarded the Conservation Award from the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology for the work done on eastern Golden Eagles. Currently, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Tracking Technologies in Somerset, PA. His major foci include Golden Eagle flight behavior and telemetry and nocturnal monitoring of birds using flight calls. A lot of his work recently has focused on advances in the application of bioacoustics to the monitoring of geographically remote breeding populations of songbirds in North America and, hopefully, around the world. When he isn’t working he spends much of his time outside birding, photography and gardening. In addition to serving on several board of directors for NGOs, Mike currently serves on the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee and is the vice president for Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology.