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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx

I just received an interesting e-mail from Chris Lyons that I thought I'd share:

We were in Van Cortlandt today, and ran into John Young, who informed us that he'd seen an American Golden-Plover on the Parade Ground--his first ever in Van Cortlandt Park, which he's been birding regularly for 49 years.

Thankfully, the bird was still there, and we all got a nice look, and even a few halfway decent shots. Our first Golden Plover for Van Cortlandt as well--and remarkably tolerant of close approach. It was more wary of the surrounding ring-billed gulls than of the nearby soccer players. The soccer players were ignoring it, but the gulls kept trying to ambush it...

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica )

(Photo credit - Christopher Lyons)

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