Spotted at a distance in dawn light. Appears to have a dark stripe on the throat. Significantly larger than a turnstone. Any ideas?
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If it really was larger than turnstone, what about golden plover? It has more the jizz of that than of turnstone to me.
The answer to size may lie in the time of day...if you spend any time birding at dawn you soon realise how much bigger birds can seem in the haze of an early morning. This is definitely a Turnstone.
Incidentally, you don't get much variation in the size of smaller birds, so the idea of 'a big one' is not especially likely.
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I wouldn't disagree with you Ian, I probably should have added "appears" to my statement.
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My comment on its size relative to Turnstones was based on its proximity to other birds that were definitely Turnstones. This one was in the same distance plane as the others and looked considerably taller (and incidentally very much darker overall).
I suppose it could have been its posture that caused it to look taller as the others were prodding in the mud. Is there much variation in colour?
If the others were coming out of winter plumage and developing the brighter, paler summer plumage, then a bird still in full winter plumage might look darker. Essentially, yes, they can vary in colour considerably, dependant upon age and how advanced moult is.
There is nothing else that looks like a turnstone and this definitely looks like a turnstone. Size can sometimes be confusing as a result of lighting and posture.
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