Couldn't agree with you more. I haven't heard from the woman whom
reported it yet. I'm hoping that she's out trying to relocate it.
Quoting Fred and Chris Pratt <[log in to unmask]>:
> My gut reaction is that a Semipalmated Plover at this late date in
> Vermont is every bit as unlikely as a Common Ringed Plover. Further,
> the reference to "a nice black face mask" adds to my suspicion that it
> might have been a Common Ringed Plover. A Semipalmated in winter would
> usually be described as having a brown (or dark brown) mask. Throw in
> the recent big storm and who knows....
> I believe a Semipalmated Plover was recorded on a CBC in Rhode Island
> this past Saturday. I don't know how well that bird was seen and
> whether the possibility of Common Ringed Plover was considered.
> Scott W. Morrical wrote:
>> Ted & Pipit,
>> Oh Ye Sworn Protectors of The List-- What do you think of this?
>> How many mid-late December records of Semipalmated Plover do we
>> have for Vermont? I am wondering if late SEPL records in these
>> parts could be Common Ringed Plovers that go unidentified. Feel
>> free to make a pre-emptive strike on this fantasy of mine.