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8/27/2022 Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area in Ocean Shores, WA.

Other eBirders reporting plovers as Pacific, American and as unsure with a / .

Pacific would be a life bird for me, so I'd like to make sure. American get reported quite frequently along the coast. I didn't hear any vocalization to try to narrow it down.

Trying to not duplicate birds in the photos, I took as many snaps of each as I could. They were moving around of course.

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Bonus peep - There were a couple of Least Sandpipers, which this looked bigger than, a Pectoral, which this looked smaller than. The legs seem yellowish to me, which is throwing me. The Westerns were all hunkered down. I'm wondering if the leg color is just a bit of a trick of coloring and maybe it's a Baird's? At any rate, all help immensely appreciated. I am getting a little better at the local peeps and was anxiously awaiting the return of them, hopeful for the Pacific!

 

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Thanks!

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I think number 6 is a Golden-Plover and personally I would lean to American (based on primary and tertial structure) however is probably better left unidentified as American/Pacific without seeing it from other angles and untucked.

what we can see of the rump and tail between the wings shows no white

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8 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

I think number 6 is a Golden-Plover and personally I would lean to American however is probably better left unidentified as American/Pacific.

what we can see of the rump and tail between the wings shows no white

Interesting observation, and I can see what you are saying, although at this angle I’m not sure how visible the rump would/should be. If it is in fact a Golden-Plover, it seems unbelievably drab for a Pacific to me. Does it have a  small hind toe? Hard to tell on my phone.
 

Any other photos @okaugust ?

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Those are some great comparison shots of the plumage, thank you for pulling that up. The previous reports on the day or two prior hadn't any photos attached, when I was looking to see what others were considering. Much appreciated finding this one!

 

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