A trip to The Englishman River Estuary today produced another new Vancouver Island bird for me: American Golden-Plover. To be exact there were two, but it took some time to scrutinize one of them as it was, to me, looking more like a Pacific Golden-plover. After getting some other opinions from local birders it was confirmed as a American. The 2nd bird (bottom) did look much more golden but the primary projection was too long for Pacific and there was, after much agonizing, four visible primaries past the tertials. No complaints from me, I stand corrected, it was great to observe and learn a little more about these birds.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .