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Black Bellied v. Pacific Golden Plovers?


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I thought these were Black Bellied Plovers, except for the one in the first photograph - which Merlin id’ed as a Pacific Golden Plover?

All were along the beach/rocks near Pacific Grove CA this morning.

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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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