American Golden-Plovers breed in the Arctic tundra and migrate to southern South America.
In fall, they must fly to wintering grounds in Patagonia, a round trip of about 25,000 miles, including 2,400 miles non-stop over open ocean, one of the longest known migratory routes. They cannot rest on the ocean, as they do not swim.
They must build large stores of fat at stopover areas during migration. Their body weight may increase by 30-50% in preparation for the long flight
They are uncommon but regular visitors to NE Illinois
Photographed at a sod farm in Kaneville, Kane County, Illinois. (Click on image for video and more views).
Photo submission to the BIRD D’pot