Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva
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General Comments One of the more remarkable shorebird records for the state was the discovery of a Pacific Golden-Plover, around the Salt Pond at Cape Hatteras Point (Dare), on 29 Jul 2019* [Chat 83:113 link] [Chat 84:79 link]. It remained through 7 Aug 2019 and was observed and photographed by numerous people, with some photos on the Carolina Bird Club Photo Gallery. There are very few records in the eastern US for this species, which breeds in North America only in western Alaska and winters mainly on Pacific islands and south to Australia. Interestingly, this same bird (presumably) showed up at Cape Hatteras Point again from 6 Jul to 12 August 2020* [Chat 84:125 link], [Chat 85:141 link]. And, perhaps not surprisingly, it again returned to Cape Hatteras Point in 2021, first seen on 8 Jul and remained to 30 Jul [Chat 85:158 link]. One photographed several dozen miles farther to the north at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center (Dare) on 5-9 Aug 2021 [Chat 86:31 link] was likely this same Cape Point individual. This species nests in western Alaska and westward to Siberia, and winters on various islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean; thus, it is seldom seen in the US other than along the Pacific Coast.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain Three-four records, presumably of the same individual (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
Attribution LeGrand[2022-02-08], LeGrand[2021-11-07], LeGrand[2021-11-06]
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