Saturday, October 3, 2015

Eurasian Dotterel in Bruce County, ON.

I came upon this interesting little plover in Bruce County this morning. It was somewhat smaller and more pot-bellied than nearby Black-bellied Plovers. Notable were: pale supercilia converging at the back of the neck, yellow-green legs, pale ring on breast and buffy underparts. All seem to fit for Eurasian Dotterel, a rarity in North America. My ID is very tentative. I welcome other opinions.

[Edit: Okay, everything seems to check out. Thanks Alan Wormington and Mike Burrell for confirming the ID - I'm a stranger to Eurasian shorebirds.]

I've been having some difficulty uploading images to Flickr and eBird so I thought I'd share some photos here.

The bird was feeding on a mudflat on Lake Huron in the community of Oliphant, at the T-intersection of Spry Lake Road and Shoreline Road Ave., waypoint 44.74937, -81.27946.

Oliphant is about 13 km west of Wiarton. Nearby were Greater Yellowlegs, an Hudsonian Godwit, Black-bellied Plovers, Dunlin and White-rumped Sandpipers.

What do you think?

Here are a few more pics from the morning.

Eurasian Dotterel and Dunlin.
Hudsonian Godwit
Peeps! White-rumped (2) and a Western?
Western Sandpiper?


  1. No doubt. Unbelievable rarity. Major congrats! Not even on the radar...

  2. Absolutely no doubt! I am very jealous! I have never even seen it in Europe. I would come and see it but I am in the Darien in Panama at the moment. Congrats!

  3. Congratulations. A mega rarity!

  4. Dotterel find is amazing.
    Why isn't the Western another White-rumped instead? It seems long-winged in the photos. Juv WRSA have lots of red in the scaps like Westerns.

    1. Amy, I think you're right. There's no reason to rule out WRSA. Thanks for checking in.

  5. Congratulations! An incredible discovery. Great photos too! A first for Ontario and one of the few records for Canada.

  6. Congratulations, Michael. What an incredible find!

  7. Wow! Awesome bird! Congrats on the great find! Hopefully it finds its way to se mi! LOL