Thanks once again to an alert from Rob Stone, I got the chance to see approximately 40 American Golden-Plovers at the Pine Island Turf Nursery this evening. Earlier in the day he had 75! What a treat to see these beautiful birds, I even managed to get close enough for some decent photos (distant and heavily cropped, but useable!).
I also think that I had one Black-bellied Plover, here is a photo of that bird.
I also had two American Pipits and 4 Horned Larks while I was out there. The American Pipit is for some reason not a bird that is on my radar. When I saw these two birds, I did not know what they were. It was a case of shoot first and ask questions later. Unfortunately I did not get any quality photos of the birds. The following really should not be posted anywhere, but since it is a life bird for me…
**If you go to the Pine Island Turf Nursery, please stop in the office and ask permission to bird there. The people there are really nice.**
I also made a quick run through Turtle Bay Road, where I found three American Golden-Plovers and about 75 Killdeer.