American Golden-Plover  ( Pluvier bronzé )      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Pluvialis dominica

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General Notes

The American Golden-Plover was once among the most numerous birds in the world.  It has much in common with the Eskimo Curlew. Like the Eskimo Curlew, it is a long distance migrant, covering over 9000 miles from the Arctic to southern South America and New Zealand every spring and fall. It used to migrate in large mixed flocks with the Eskimo Curlew.  Both species were nearly wiped out in the latter part of the 19th century due to heavy slaughter by market gunners in both the spring and fall. A single day's shooting often yielded tens of thousands of birds. The populations of both species plumetted.

The Eskimo Curlew is now believed to be extinct.  The American Golden-Plover has recovered somewhat, and is again a common nester on the tundra, but it will never again achieve its former numbers.

American Golden-Plover has been observed in Timiskaming during its fall migration in September and October. In addition to the observations cited below, this species has also been observed at Round Lake, Larder Lake, the Earlton Airport, and elsewhere in the Little Claybelt.  During migration, they are fond of grasshoppers, crickets and grubs. Look for it in the fall in plowed fields, pastures and other short grass habitats from late August to early November.

Abundance: Uncommon Earliest observed:  

Typical spring arrival:

Typical fall arrival:

Sep. 7
Breeding Status: Migrant Latest observed:  

Typical spring departure:

Typical fall departure:

Oct. 19

Documented Observations

 

 

September 15, 1951. One observed at the slimes around Kirkland Lake by Fred Helleiner.

August 22-24, 2010. A flock of 17 observed and photographed in a very wet plowed field in Armstrong Township by Michael Werner.