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.