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This birds was seen Sunday and Monday, June 6 & 7 at Riverlands EDA, St. 
Charles co in Heron Pond.
Pictures are from June 7 by Josh Uffman.
http://www.surfbirds.com/albums/index.php?cat=10005

My observations:
- Gold coloration in the feathers of the back & head.
- White Shoulder patch (sides of breast) is noticeable but does not seem to 
get larger when it meets the flanks
- flanks MOTTLED
- vent and undertail coverts slightly MOTTLED to MOSTLY WHITE
- bill black, thin and long.
- breast to belly is black colored but divided by a strip of mottling in the 
center (runs from the upper breast to the belly.
- legs dark colored
- wing tip projection is clearly past the tail (Sibley says American golden 
demonstrates this, but Hayman, Prater & Marchant says Pacific golden plover 
has "wings clearly longer" as well - see comparison chart on page 392)

Would appreciate comments about this bird as to it's ID.
I don't get to see that many American golden plovers in breeding plumage so 
would like some input from those that have. Is this a female or aberrant 
male? Bird going in to or out of high breeding  plumage? (thought they do 
not until much later in the season)

Do not know if the bird is still at Heron Pond in REDA or not.
It was on the left side of the pond staying mostly to the edges of the 
muddy/grassy areas.

Many thanks in advance to those that respond.

Good birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.
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BTW, there are still shorebirds coming through REDA.
There were about 130 shorebirds with the plover at Heron Pond (excluding 
Killdeer).
2/3rds semisands and 1/3 white-rumps.
With what has shown up at Carlyle (and past June records) one never knows 
what will pop in.

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