I would start this off by saying hi again to any people of Whatbird who remember me from years ago when I was pretty heavily active on here, I haven't been on here in a long time but I am more than happy to see that this place is still very much alive and talking about birds. I also would just like to thank you all for being so helpful and informative always. I probably learned more useful ID tips about birds on this site than I have learned from any other person or website since I started birding.
The basic back story of the reason for the creation of this post is that I am writing a research paper on Pacific Golden Plovers and their tendencies in the Hawaiian archipelago, with a focus on birds that spend their summers on the island and birds that return from the breeding grounds early. I have been working hard and have had more fun and gathered more information than I ever could have imagined doing. So that is why I am here, my question or in some ways favor I am asking of all of you is hopefully rather simple compared to some of the questions that I believe are often answered on this website, and it is this.
I need to know the information about Pacific Golden Plovers that isn't on Ebird, I need to know the little tidbits of information that can only be gathered by people who love the bird watching the bird over the years. Things like the fact that even though Ebird or All About Birds would not mention it, you can see almost all of your local East Coast woodpeckers on the ground. Those little bits of information that maybe don't have to be taught, but that you start to just understand about birds over time. I don't need anything crazy, I just want to hear about what you have experienced with Pacific Golden Plovers over the years, especially any weird/cool/funny/confusing things you may have seen them do that made them really stick out in your mind.
This is, in my mind the only place where information like this could realistically be found and I hope that everyone on this site feels and understands how important that makes this group of people to the world of birding, even if it is not recognized very often.
Thank you all!