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  1. 2 hours ago, DLecy said:

    The first bird is a Pacific-Golden Plover. It's molting out of alternate plumage. Not a juvenile bird.

    Thank you, it was a beautiful bird, more ‘golden’ than the Black Bellied plovers I’ve been seeing lately & when I saw it I thought that’s a bird I’ve not noticed before.

    1 hour ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

    No wonder. I was confused when I saw the black belly.

    I’m often confused about birds because I know so little and getting into the weeds w/ male/female/breeding/non breeding/juvenile plumage makes my head spin lol. I so appreciate the help folks on this forum provide when I become confused.

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  2. 8 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

    The Phalarope is Red-necked by the way, along with a Black Turnstone.

    Thank you. At least I ‘know’ the Black Turnstones (& the Ruddys) because I’ve seen them a lot. The Phalarope I was pretty sure about because I asked about one I saw 2 days ago, but it’s nice to know I got that one right this time! Sandpipers are going to be a work in progress for me.

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  3. Sorry for the poor photos, but this guy scurried away & it was overcast/low light this morning. I noticed it because it looked ‘different’. It was alone near the surf at low tide. I’m thinking maybe a Phalarope, but I’m such a novice it could be a returning Sanderling in plumage I’m not used to seeing, or even a Sandpiper I haven’t learned yet…argh.

    Thanks for any help.



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  4. I’ve been returning to the same spot in Monterey to work on my Sandpiper ID skills & today I got this blurry shot before the bird scurried into the foliage - is this one a young Killdeer? It’s about the same size as the Sandpipers & I’ve been seeing/hearing 2 adult Killdeers in the vicinity.



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