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Mountain Plover Obseration - Basic plumage
Seen 31 March 1992 @ Layton Marsh
Subsequently seen 1 April (w/ Ella Sorensen & Craig Kneedy) & 3 April
UTM[?] coordinates = 4115oo East, 43438oo N.
Observed for 15 minutes feeding w/ a flock of 6 Snowy Plovers in dead salt grass next to Great Salt Lake (feeding on brine flies).
Size: About 1 1/2 times the size of adjacent Snowy Plover, appeared to be slightly smaller than a golden plover
Overall Plumage Color: Dark brown wings (solid,
no speckling), breast - light brown with no streaking or spots,
Belly/vent - solid white, Head - light tan w/ whitish eye stripe,
white at base of bill & white below eye.
Similar Species - Both Black-bellied & L. Golden Plovers are larger, heavier, & show buffy edges to coverts (lacking in this bird) and some darker streaking/spotting on breast, (lacking on this bird).
I have seen Mtn. Plover in eastern Colorado previously, so am familiar w/ the species.